Skincare 101: Discussions, Questions and All

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This is a place to discuss everything skincare.

 

- Have a question about a product (Or type of product)

- Need recommendations

- Learned a new tip or trick you want to share with fellow skincare junkies

- New to skincare and lost about where to start

- Have a skincare emergency ( Bad reaction, broken dropper, lost lid of a jar)

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Images From top left to clockwise (Essencz, Garnier, Men's Fitness, Harper Bazaar)

 

We have some great thread about skincare but I feel we don't have a general place to discuss skincare which is open for everything from lowend products to luxury skincare. 

 

Other skincare threads you may like to explore

 

http://community.sephora.com/t5/Ask-The-Experts/All-about-Luxury-skincare-Come-in-and-chat-about-you...

 

http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/Daily-Skincare-what-are-you-using/m-p/2716765#M8681

 

 

 

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@Mochapj I do use sunsreen over moisturizer or in my makeup! Thanks again Smiley Happy

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@lauriebos - I didn't forget about you - unfortunately my internet was out for most of yesterday.  I'm going to review your list this afternoon Smiley Wink

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I understand @Mochapj. I appreciate so much your help!! 

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Ok @lauriebos I've had a chance to review the ingredients lists and I have some thoughts. Please keep in mind that the suggestions I'm making aren't meant to imply you're doing something wrong, just that there is room for improvement.  In some cases I'll need additional information from you as well.

 

Purity Made Simple - I think a gentler cleanser could be beneficial. Purity contains sulfates, SLS and black pepper which are all things that can strip and/or irritate the skin.  Instead of this I'd recommend something like the REN Evercalm, NUDE Omega Jelly or Youth To The People Kale Cleanser.

 

Chanel Hydrabeauty Microserum - the fragrance is a bit problematic but it's not a terrible product. I'm curious what you are looking to resolve in your skin by using this? I wouldn't think you should need both the Vichy and the Chanel if the main goal is hydration.  Once you let me know what it is you're trying to address with it, I should be able to recommend possible alternatives.

 

Chanel Hydrabeauty Creme - contains parabens. Some people avoid those and some do not care so it's up to you to decide if that is something you want to avoid. I don't use creams much myself but one that a lot of people seem to have success with is the Dr Jart Ceramidin.

 

Chanel Le Lift Eye Cream - I cannot find a full ingredients list for this anywhere, not even on Chanel's website and that sort of thing always makes me skeptical.  As such, without ingredients I can't really tell you whether I'd avoid it or not.

 

Bobbi Brown Soothing Oil - another product that I think is adequate. It has lavender in it which is an irritant for some but if you've been using this and it's not causing redness it could be ok. I do think an oil cleanser is a good idea if you have dry skin - some others you might like are the new Farmacy Green Clean balm, Clinique Take The Day Off Balm, or one of @jemly's favourites, the REN Rosa Centefolia Hot Cloth Cleanser.  I think it might be a good idea to switch this one out for a week with something without an irritant just to see if that improves dryness at all - just in case your dryness is a reaction to the lavender.

 

I don't really have anything bad to say about the Mychelle, Vichy or NUDE oil, so once you get back to me about the Microserum, I can continue Smiley Wink

 

To note: I wasn't sure if this was the Amorepacific spray you mean:

http://www.sephora.com/moisture-bound-skin-energy-hydration-delivery-system-P232929?skuId=1161660&ic...Smiley Tongue

 

but if so, it is a bit worrisome because alcohol is the second ingredient (i.e. drying)

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@Mochapj

 

You need to give me a private lesson of skincare 101.. I feel overwelmed buy all of this!! I have a lot to learn obviously Smiley Happy

 

I use Vichy essence I bought a couple of month ago when I needed a hydration boost and did not used it much since recently. The amore pacific spay is the one you mentioned. I have a TS left... and will not repurchase.

 

I used and still use Chanel micro serum and cream for hydration. I started to use them when starting accutane and my skin was even more hydrated while on medication than before with these two. I do not feel my skin dehydrated at all now it's while I'm keeping using it. I'm not sensitive to fragrances and my skin is not irritated (not seem yet). 

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Hi @lauriebos, it might be helpful for you to categorize your exfoliants so that you can rotate them to their best effect.  I haven't used many of the ones on your list, but for example you might group physical exfoliants (gentle- suitable for day, not so gentle- night only), glycolic acid (thins the epidermis), lactic acid (resurfaces from the dermal layer), etc. I like to do a rotation where my heavy-hitting masks/actives are sandwiched by a day on either side with more gentle ingredients. For my face, it's helpful to keep things on a cycle rather than daily high alert. As a rule, I like bigger chemical exfoliants in the PM and a gentle physical exfoliant in the AM as needed.

 

Exfolikate is a lactic acid combined with enzymes for surface brightening, right? If it were my face I would do that at night, not on the same day as the FAB pads.

 

Are you using essences or serums to nourish your exfoliated skin? Join us over in daily skincare and you'll see a lot of different approaches!

 

How do you like the un-wrinkle pads? I've been tempted! 

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Hi @fairlywell Thanks for your answer! I tend to rotate them naturaly to let my skin benefit of all type of exfoliant but I did not realise I can use Exfolikate in alternance with all other I use as a toner. I also have regenerating cleanser from Tata Harper I use mostly AM as a two in one step and love it. Maybe I can stick to this one for AM and rotate all other on PM? 

 

I'm new to essence. I bought Vichy Aqualia essence a while ago and started to use it in the last month. I'll try to find a better one when I finish it as I love this addtionnal layer for hydration.I use Chanel Micro serum day and night and works wonderfuly on my skin. It is a HG product for me. I also use retinoid 1--2 times a weeks (Luna and differin). 

 

Also, I'm a follower of daily skincare and love it Smiley Happy I'm learning a lot from this tread.

 

I just use the un-wrinkle pads for 2 weeks in rotation with all other products and love it so far. It is by far the most powerful of all chimical exfoliator I tried yet but my skin seem to like it! I saw immediate results on acne scars left behind since I started used them.

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@lauriebos I think you can introduce a little stronger weekly or biweekly peel/resurfacing mask in your routine. I will suggest to exfoliate (using any of the products you listed) only at night, twice a day is a bit much. Nightly exfoliation along with a weekly chemical peel will give much better result than twice a day exfoliation.Some of my tried and tested are 

 

- Philosophy micro delivery dual phase peel (once a week)

- Amore Pecific treatment enzyme peel (once a week)

- REN Glycol lactic radiance renewal mask (every fortnight)

Tata Harper Resurfacing mask ( once a week)

You can get samples of these products to try and see which one you like best.

 

I love Philosophy and REN. Amore Pacific takes only 1 minute and provides good results so it is a good choice if you can't spare much time for pampering. Tata Harper is very gentle, I was used to love it when I initially started using it but then I felt it doesn't give the spontaneous results like other peels/masks.

I used Exfolikate a few times but my skin doesn't like it so I can't suggest when and how to use it. Maybe someone else chimes in to provide feed back.

 

To sum up all of it what I am suggesting ie

-Use PTR or FAB peel pads at night

- Do not use any exfoliating product in the morning

- Introduce one of the products I suggested in your weekly or so skin care session. I love to use a hydrating and/or calming mask after weekly stronger exfoliation session. It could be a sheet/gel mask or PTR cucumber, Fresh Rose or any other similar mask. Do not use a stronger serum after weekly treatment. 

If you have any further question, feel free to post here and anyone of us will be more than happy to help. 

BT is full of helpful and knowledgeable ladies. I am sure whenever you post a question, someone will be here to help 🙂

 

http://www.sephora.com/resurface-the-microdelivery-dual-phase-peel-P381674?skuId=1224559&icid2=produ...Smiley Tongue

 

http://www.sephora.com/treatment-enzyme-peel-P232931?skuId=1161694&icid2=products%20gridSmiley Tongue232931

 

http://www.sephora.com/glycol-lactic-radiance-renewal-mask-P203616?skuId=1064187&icid2=products%20gr...Smiley Tongue

 

http://www.sephora.com/resurfacing-mask-P379707?skuId=1540418&icid2=products%20gridSmiley Tongue379707

 

 

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Hi @fatimamummy!! First of all, thanks a lot for this tread Smiley Happy I think it is very helpful for all of us and a great place to share our knowledge about skincare. 

 

I'll take you advise and cut on morning exfoliators or use very gentle one if I do. 

 

I actualy use hydrating mask 1-2 times a week after exfoliation, mostly week-end as I have more time to do additional steps in my routine. I tried and just finished TH resurfacing mask and it did not do much for me. I did not like the REN one too when I got DS in the past. I'll look forward for the Amorepacific and philosophy one for sure Smiley Happy

 

I use exfolikate (gentle one) times to times but do not like it much. I just do not want to waste it. I won't repurchase it.

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Don't love it, don't want to waste it: use it on your hands and shoulders! I'm currently using up a retinol I don't love that way. 

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@fatimamummy you and I are on exactly the same schedule. Kids in bed, let's think about skincare!

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Very true @fairlywell Its a treat to get some "me time" at the end of day.

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Can someone assist me with my nose/pore issues please? On the creases of my nostrils, they are always red and I have blackheads which are partially sticking out and white/dry looking. Its hard to explain but I can pull them out with tweezers and they arent totally black. I also get them right under my lower lip. I tried to take photos. Any suggestions on how to fix this? My foundation always separates and looks chunky in these areas because the texture of the white/dry blackheads ruin it.

 

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@sabrinas I get these, too - and yes, as far as I can tell from my research they are ebaceous filaments. 

 

The best thing that has worked for me (particularly long term) is regularly using a BHA. I use the Paula's Choice BHA 2% a few times a week, and with regular use it works like a charm. I still get a couple here or there, but nowhere near like how bad they used to be (particularly with uneven makeup in the area). The BHA just seems to keep my pores nice and clear Smiley Happy 

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Hi do you have the specific name for this item? Thanks.

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I have the same exact issue! I can never make foundation go over smoothly in this area.  I'm glad to know they're not blackheads and that they're not necessarily bad either. Thanks for all the info, ya'll!

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@m26430 @Mochapj @xcicee @Melissa136 @YoiFran

 

Thank you everyone!!! I have tried pore strips in the past but I feel they barely worked for me.  I have small pores and I feel like nothing can get into them to clean them out!  However, I did find another method which actually worked when I did it yesterday!

 

I just googled "Sebaceous Filaments Reddit" on google and the first result took me to a post on Reddit where a girl tried some method she found on someones blog.  Basically you apply a BHA first on the area, let sit for 20-25 mins, then apply a clay mask right over top and let that set, then you wash it off, dry your face, then apply an oil cleanser to the areas you treated, let the oil sit for 15 mins, then massage it for 2-3 mins, and then wash off and follow with your moisturizers.  Most people said they would feel grits during the oil massage (aka all the debris/dirt came out of the pores), but I didn't feel any.  However, once all was said and done, I noticed the annoying filaments were gone!!! It was kinda miraculous actually lol. I think the blog said to do it 2x per week.

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What brand of the BHA and clay mask did you use?

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@sabrinas I have the same issue as well. At first I thought they were blackheads, but like everyone else, I agree that they are sebaceous filaments. They aren't on our noses to be harmful, I read somewhere that they help guide oil out from your nose. It helps prevent breakouts by providing a route to the surface.

 

Think of them as tiny hairs on your nose, and the only reason they look like blackheads is that there's a build up of oil. I use Glamglow Supermud to get rid of the 'blackhead' appearance, and Thirstymud to hydrate the area. It has helped foundation sit better on my nose, but those creases are hard to maintain Smiley Sad

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I have those too and usually go by the tweezer method. If I exfoliate it gets rid of them but not as well as tweezers, plus when I use tweezers it pulls out the part under the skin while I feel like the exfoliator only gets the half on the surface.

 

I think the Biore Strips would work well though and be less time intensive than tweezing but I've been nervous to try those since I have very sensitive skin. 

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@sabrinas I have the exact same thing but all over my nose. I call it the strawberry effect nose. The only thing that works for me is a once every 10 days biore nose strip not the new ones with menthol in it because those irritate my skin, you have to look for the plain old one.

 

I know some people don't like the nose strips but honestly it is the only thing that completely gets rid of the strawberry effect on my nose.