I am an 27-year-old Asain lady and I have acne and scares which left form those aces on my face. Plus, follicles on my face are large and my T-zone is shiny too. So, I want some suggestion for what kind of skin care should I use?
Just a heads up for those who are thinking about getting this reward. It's not the greatest product for controlling oil. Having said that, it does a really good job of controlling acne. Yeah, a dilemma, I know. It does go on really smoothly and feels great on your skin though. I still use it because it helps keep my skin clear and does help my foundation go on smoothly. But to control oil, I love my Bliss toner pads.
I found a very interesting read with a plethora of sources on just why mineral oil doesn't deserve the bad rap it's been getting. If you're interested, search askanaesthetician mineral oil on google or another search engine (non-Sephora links are removed by mods here on BT). Here are some I found most intriguing: Mineral oil is comedogenic and will make you break out - FALSE Mineral oil appears on a large range of “comedogenic ingredients” lists. Once upon a time (well, in the 1970s), cosmetic companies noticed that a lot of women started getting acne from their makeup products. One scientific study on comedogenicity used the inside of a rabbit’s ear to test whether products caused pimples, and this quickly became the test of choice. However, later on, they found that sometimes the results on a rabbit and the results on a human were different. (Lab Muffin loves rabbits, and this made her sad, because an awful lot of rabbits got ear pimples for no good reason!) A later study tested products containing between 0 and 30% mineral oil, and found that it wasn’t comedogenic on human skin. The best thing about mineral oil is that (unlike a lot of plant oils) it’s incredibly stable – it doesn’t oxidise, and stays liquid. In other words, it’s not likely to clump up later on, after reacting with oxygen and light, and clog your pores! However, this doesn’t mean that it won’t cause you to break out, since different people respond differently to certain ingredients. Mineral oil dries the skin and causes premature aging. Mineral oil works as a barrier between the skin and the air. It acts as an occlusive agent which prevents water from naturally leaving your body through your skin. It will not dry out your skin or cause premature aging. Quite the contrary. It will provide moisturization. Mineral oil robs the skin of vitamins. Since many vitamins are oil based, people assume that mineral oil will pull them out of your skin. There is no legitimate scientific evidence that this is true. Mineral oil has no effect on the vitamin levels in your skin. What do you think? I'm Switzerland, or neutral, on mineral oil. I am neither singing its praises nor shouting its horrors from rooftops.
Recently tried Ole Henriksen's Lemon Strip Flash Peel. I thought I'd love it, since I haven't been disappointed by any of his other products. But this burned more than expected. I previously tried a sample of the Power Peel, but that included the Chamomile Comfort which calms the skin. I really love the Dr. Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Peels, and I have heard great things about Perricone MD's Blue Plasma despite its price. Anyone ever try it? Any thoughts/suggestions of some great peels you love?
I wanted to switch to a high-end, trusted cleanser in an effort to take better care of my skin. I purchased the eponymous Eve Lom cleanser, which is more of a cleansing balm, for twice-daily use with my Clarisonic. I know how Eve Lom recommends you use it, with the cloth and hot water and cold water and everything, but I would like to use my Clarisonic with it. My salesgirl (at Space.NK) said that she rubs it on with her fingers and wets the Clarisonic afterward, melting it/scrubbing it off. Does this sound right? I'm in love with my Clarisonic, and I'm hoping I didn't purchase a cleanser that won't work with it. Thoughts? Any Eve Lom fans here on BT?
My dermatologist gave me medication for my cystic and I had good results. However, I was suffering before from hyperpigmentation and now I have a bit more. I don't mind since it's better than cystic acne. However, it still makes me a bit self conscious. Anyone that has dealt with hyperpigmentation, what products did you like that helped? By the way I have pretty dry skin.
Anyone try either/both and have a preference? I currently have the Sensitive brush head and I love my Clarisonic, but I'm trying to decide whether or not to get the Delicate brush head when it comes time to replace mine. What are the differences between the two? I've looked and looked and all I can find is, "this is great for sensitive skin" for both. *sigh* The Sensitive doesn't irritate me or anything, I'm just thinking it might be better suited to my skin/gentler, considering I use mine to cleanse twice a day. What do you think?
...that is the question. I have the Opal infusion system already, but have been wondering if I should add the cleansing system or just get a good exfoliator. I have large pores on either side of my nose, have combo skin, rough patches around my nose (esp when my allergies kick in and using Kleenex a lot), and am recovering from skin damage caused by years of smoking (I'vd kicked that habit). I have no problem forking out the $s for quality, but there is so much hype about this product. Is the Clarisonic worth the cost? If so, what tips could you share in the purchase and use of it? I know ya'll will give it to me straight.
tl;dr: Wasn't sold on the Clarisonic pedi but am now totally keeping it because my BODY BRUSH HEAD works great on the pedi! Will keep pedi in shower, and Aria on vanity for face. Since I discovered the Clarisonic Aria this summer I've been on a mission to come up with the perfect Clarisonic product/combination for me. I LOVE my Aria for face (smoother skin, smaller pores, fewer blackheads -- more porcelain/doll-like), and on BT recs I also had to try the Plus because it has the body brush. I have pretty severe eczema and it turns out the body brush really helps (and it's more healthy and natural than my prescriptions!). It reduces flaking and thickening (lichenization), and leaves me skin softer and smoother and allows creams to better penetrate. I also tried the pedi as I have dry/rough feet. Here's my review of the Clarisonic pedi on it's own by the way: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Products/Has-anyon e-tried-the-Clarisonic-Pedi-one/m-p/811575#M5439.. ... the short version is, I don't love it because it's best used in shower and you have to bend over/slippery/pain in the *** for so long... too messy for me to use on the couch. So, yesterday I had two hours to get ready for a date, so when I got in the shower, while my coconut milk (from the can! thanks BT) hair mask was setting in... I tried all my Clarisonic products [Plus, Pedi, Aria], back and forth. I had gotten the Plus to keep in shower for the body brush, but was having a hard time justifying the cost -- as I love my Aria best and wanted to keep that on vanity for face. They say you can't interchange brush heads (i.e. body brush on non-plus products, etc.) -- and I took them at their word. I figured the thing literally wouldn't power up (which is what the Clarisonic rep told me in a store), because it has these little metal (sensors?) on the rim... I also thought it might break my Aria or be bad for the motor (probably so). I also had visions of tiny microchips reporting my "bad" behaviour to Clarisonic over the ether and voiding my warranty. teehee. E ventually curiosity won out though, and I put my body brush on the Aria: No dice, it barely budged, so indeed that won't work... it just doesn't oscillate enough. Since the pedi motor is like Clarisonic in overdrive, I decided to try the body brush on that one. AWESOME! It works perfectly, and I'm not too concerned about wear and tear on the motor since it's designed for feet and long use per their website. I think it's slightly stronger oscillation than the Plus, which works for me. More details on comparisons: I like the Aria design by far (as compared to Plus mostly). I also find the charger super cute and handy, and the vanity drying stand a MUST for me. I can also leave these stand at home when I travel and just bring the magnetic, ubercute charger cord. The Plus is a great product for face AND body (the only Clarisonic made to use with body brush) also comes with a nice stand, but it's a little larger overall, takes up more room, and to me... it has an older looking "design". That's me being realllll picky though, most people wouldn't notice or care. And I don't like the plastic on the Plus (this is again super picky on my part and wouldn't keep me from the Plus if it was the right choice). It's a matte kind plastic and "holds on" to make up, soap scum, etc. and just doesn't look glossy and clean like my Aria. I don't care for the fact that the pedi says "Pedi" all over it bright orange tacky letters, or that it has orange buttons. But no big deal. Also, the pedi buffing disc is SUPER SMALL and not super abrasive, I thought it could be better/more professional grade. But it's still OK overall. One other Pedi caveat: super short battery life (dead after two uses). I am SUPER happy with my Aria battery life (weeks!), but the pedi runs out after TWO uses! I am sad about that. I will use it less if I can't always keep it in the shower, because I have to take it into the other room to put it on a charger (we only have one bathroom outlet and there's no more plug space because I have the Aria plugged in there which the BF already hates, and the Aria plug is big and weird and takes up the space of two outlets, darnit.) So, now I can justify to myself keeping two Clarisonic products -- one in the shower for pedi and body, and one on my vanity for face daily. Hope this helps anyone else curious about these matters , especially using Clarisonics in conjunction or changing heads .
Hi! So, last time I went into Sephora, I was told that I had dry skin... so I just went with it. Well, as time has passed, I've noticed that my skin gets flakey easily on my nose and cheeks. But, it also gets oily. Not super oily, but oily. Last night, I washed my makeup off with Pond's Cold Cream, toned, and moisturized with Cerave. I woke up this morning with a little shine and my face felt a little greasy, but tight at the same time. I don't know what I should be looking for in a makeup, because I can't seem to target what my skin type is! Most recently, I was using Tarte Amazonian Clay Foundation, and it was incredibly drying and caused dry patches on my face. Help?
When I received a LashFood sample in my HauteLook summer beauty bag I didn't think about it much. I am leery of anything that claims to grow lashes but I figured why not try it out. It's been two weeks since I started applying it once a night, and occasionally in the morning if I remember, and I love how my upper and lower lashes look! I don't have any good before pictures, but this morning I looked at my eyes in the mirror and was genuinely surprised at how long and thick my lashes looked! So, with not a stitch of makeup on, just freshly washed and moisturized skin, here's how my eyes look with two weeks of LashFood use. I am including the scary open eye pic to show my lower lashes and the fact that the white of my eye hasn't been darkened by using this product, unlike the complaints I've read about for other lash growing products. Next time LashFood goes on sale I am definitely buying more!
My skin is oily but sensitive and prone to breakouts. So I use Clean and Clear toner with salicylic acid to control my acne and oil and follow up with Murad Clarifying toner because it really makes my skin feel refreshed. It sounds like a lot, but the combination makes my skin feel so clean and fresh. Then of course I baby my skin with my Eminence Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer.
So there's lots of articles saying things like, oh, you should not stay in the shower for more than 10-15min. I don't understand how you can wash everything in 10-15min cuz, honestly, skincare alone take ~10min, so does the hair, and the body (5 min to rub things on 5 min to rinse things off thoroughly). I'm physically incapable of taking less than 30min shower unless I skip washing something (and usually it's 40min). How long does it take for you to shower? Any time saving tips? o.O
What do you suggest to treat hormonal breakouts? I have been using the PTR Max Complexion Correction pads for 3 weeks and I haven't noticed a difference. My breakouts are concentrated around my chin. I know diet is a big part, but even when I am eating clean I still break out pretty bad on by chin. I'm 24 and it is time to get this under control! Any suggestions would be amazing!
Ok, am I the only who likes to read ingredients list and stuff? Apparently Sephora have a beauty glossary that explains keywords like acne, retinol, vitamin K in a informative and concise matter. http://www.sephora.com/explore-the-glossary?mediaI d=18100052 For example: Acne The three factors in acne breakouts are oil, dead skin cells, and bacteria, and if any of these factors are out of balance, breakouts can occur. Acne is more likely to take place on the skin when experiencing stress, hormonal changes, excess oil production, and slower cell turnover with aging. Silicone Silicone is derived from sand and is used in cosmetics to provide an aesthetically pleasing formula, especially in serums and moisturizers. There are different grades of silicone, and cosmetics-grade silicones create an elegant, silky, and spreadable texture in skincare products. Silicone is a desirable ingredient because it can deliver the active ingredients in the product and immediately smooth the look of imperfections. Silicones prevent moisture loss and their properties make them porous (allowing the skin to breathe) as well as resistant to air. syn: Dimethicone, Cyclomethicone, Cyclopentasiloxane, Phenyl Trimethicone, Methicone, polydimethylsiloxane
So I just opened up my Sheer Transformation that I bought last year as a Black Friday deal. The seal was off-kilter in the jar and the product was super thick which I wasn't expecting. I think it maybe dried out over the course of a year but wanted to see what the consistency was actually supposed to be. I can't return because I bought it almost a year ago. Do you think it is okay to still use if the product is super think? Thanks!
Hi Gals! So I'm trying to put together my purchase for the VIB discount. I've purchased to so much makeup recently that I really don't need anything. Buuut, I've been eyeing the facial steamer. It's $150. It looks like a mini version of what they use in the spas. Has anyone tried it? Is it worth it? TIA! Spoiler (Highlight to read) I'd put a link of it, but I don't know how to. Sorry.
Hey guys, so I love love love my clarisonic plus. I'm curious as to what cleansers you love/hate with it I love almost any cleaner except for the Dr Brant pore no more… it just gets stuck in the bristles instead of staying on my face!
Okay, so my friend is having a tough time figuring out her skin. Her skin is rather different than mine, so I'm at a loss! She has dry skin prone to acne. She's using Philosophy Purity Cleanser - which she said does not make her face tight after use - so I said that's fine. After a recent DDG splurge, she's using Trifix Oil-Free Hydrating Moisturizer and the One Step Acne Eliminating Pads. Once she started using these, her skin freaked out and she had more pimples than ever. Plus, more dryness and crazy blotchiness. I had her stop using the DDG products, but we're wondering what products work best for her skin type. Her skin is still trying to calm down, and acne/dryness are daily issues anyway. Any suggestions?
Okay so I got a sample of the Jack Black oil in my last order thinking it may be a good thing for my dad to try out. My dad is in his early 80s and is retired navy, so there is no skin care in his universe. Skin care is Dove men's body wash. So I gave him the oil and told him to try it when he shaved. I showed him the product page online and he was good to go. This morning he uses it and tells me how much he liked it and how soft his skins was. He the proceeds to tell me that maybe if he took a warm shower, then used the oil, since his pores would be open, he bets it would feel even better. I almost spit my coffee out trying not to laugh. So it looks like the full size will be part of of my Nov purchase.
I use a lot of skincare products, and I also love taking perfume with me when I travel. I've come up with a few tips on how to travel with these. First of all, the 3 ounce travel containers you can purchase for travel are way too big, and you don't need that much anyway. Instead, save those little round containers that you get samples of skincare products in (this is what I do) or purchase small containers like the pick I'm showing. You can purchase these on Amazon. I've taken small containers like these on trips that were a week long and still had product leftover. As for perfume, I have atomizers, which I use, but I also love getting perfume samples and saving those to take on trips. It's kind of fun to take a new perfume when you travel. Everything fits very nicely in the quart-size bag you can take as a carry-on with you. Hope this helps someone!
I have just recently started getting into skincare and have been using Dr. Dennis Extra Strength Alpha Beta peel and I love it. I am usually a cynic about things like this, but they have truly worked for me after only a few applications. I had a few small spots with hyperpigmentation that are now almost gone and my skin just looks better overall. What are some peels/masks that had significant results for you?!
Good afternoon lovely BT-ers! I was wondering if anybody who uses Alpha-H Liquid Gold would be willing to share their experience with it. I've never used a chemical exfoliant treatment before but one of my favorite beauty bloggers featured it as one of her favorites recently and I wanted to get some more opinions before I drop $62 on it (yikes)!
Hey ladies! So I do a lot of running and my heels sometimes get super dry. Between pedicures, i lotion under my feet or use vaseline, it seems as though there are times where none of these products work. Any ideas of great products? Dried heels are super gross.
Just curious, why/how did you get into high end skincare or cosmetics? was it a specific problem you had that needs a fix? or a specific product you just happened upon? For me it was a coincidence. I was at the mall one day and there's this raffle for a free full size Clinique 7 day scrub. I thought, "why not, there were only 6-10 entries so I had a chance"......Well, I didn't win, and the lady who pulled me over prob felt bad so she told me it's every 15min so if I wait I get another chance. While I was waiting she did a skincare consultation for me. The 3-step set was only $20 or something so it's not too expensive, and if I buy it I get a free umbrella (a pretty white/red one for Macy's 150 anniversary). I was still undecided when the 2nd round of raffle came along. There were 4 people who entered......and I still didn't get the scrub, lol. Now the lady feels really bad so after the other people left, she pulled me aside and gave me one of the prize scrub anyways, so I left with the $20 skincare + free full size scrub + free umbrella, and no holes in my wallet. I went home and used the regimen every night. I had some bumps around my mouth that I just assume was/is/always will be there, but after a week of use they disappeared! And I end up browsing products online, looking into other brands, spent more time in Sephora, and the rest is history....=X So, when/how did you get into high end skincare/cosmetics? any interesting stories?
A few years ago I finally settled on a skincare brand - I liked the philosophy of the line (in terms environmental friendliness, etc), the products were fun to use, smelled great, and they worked well. I didn't have any luck with them re: sunscreen (it broke me out) and an acne spot-treatment, but other than that, I used the same line exclusively. ...but lately it's almost as if I've become bored with these products. I keep wanting to try different things. I feel like a skincare butterfly or something. And it's not really for any specific skincare reason (I haven't had any skin changes or anything). Right now I have products from 4 different companies that I'm trying out (and I'm about to try one more) - two new moisturisers, a new serum, a new eye cream, along with my regular cleanser and toner. I'm not sure if I'll settle on a new line, or play for a while and then go back to my old, tried-and-true brand. Anyway, I'm wondering how other people think about their skincare routines. Do you stick with one line for almost everything? Mix and match? Switch it all up regularly? Are there products you would never change? (In my case, I love my toner and don't think I'll ever change it).
I won a facial from the salon I get my nails done at during their customer appreciation month. I was so excited because it the second time I've eve had a facial. The last time was like 7 years ago and I honestly remember very little about it. I've got an appt this week to get my facial done. Any suggestions or pointers before my appt?