BORED. So borrrrrrreeeeed! You know how sometimes you'd have a closet full/bursting with clothe but "nothing to wear"? I'm like that right now with skincare. Currently I'm using a retinol serum at night, so I can't try any fancy exfoliating stuff. And it's really dry winter, so I don't wanna risk flaky skin with new moisturizers. Which leaves masks as the one thing I can play around with......... so far I've tried ALL of Glamglow, Boscia, Wei and Origin's masks. Also Murad clarifying, SK-II/When/Shiseido sheet masks, Fresh Rose/Black Tea, PTR cucumber/sulfur, and OH blue/blackberry. This is literally me right now (minus the sexy air): So, any mask recommendations? Or is there a new skincare product you are trying and liking? do tell. =)
Hello :3 I also need a new skincare routine! My face is looking really bad lately, I have a lot of breakouts and my skin just looks super dull (it's not obvious in the photo because I'm wearing BB cream and some powder). When I wake up, I usually have dryness around my mouth. I have fine lines/creases under my eyes, dark under eye circles, redness - also dark eyelids on the top! This is my current routine: Morning 1. Origins Frothy Face Wash 2. The Body Shop Vitamin E Eye Cream 3. THen I apply BB cream and my makeup Nightime 1. Origins Frothy Face wash 2. Almay Eye makeup remover wipes 3.The Body shop Vitamin E Eye cream 4. Aveeno Vit C nighttime moisturizer I also use The Body Shop Tea Tree Oil face mask about 1x/week but it doesn't seem to help, sometimes I use a drugstore Freeman mask instead; and I exfoliate sometimes with St Ives Apricot Scrub but I think it has made my skin worse- I just started using it and now I have these big acne looking circles near my nose! Or it could b because I started using Burt's Bees makeup wipes for about week and Ive never used makeup wipes to take off my makeup, I let my face wash do that. So idk, but one of those things made my skin much worse. So Im going to stop with the makeup wipes and I want a different scrub I think. I've tried using witch hazel as a toner but that also made my skin worse. I really don't think I need a toner. My skin doesn't seem too dry or oily, just acne prone, dull, and serious eye darkness/wrinkling. Thank you for reading :3 xxxxx
This is the reason why I now do threading, but that is so painful for me! The woman I used to do my makeup before says she wants to try it and see what happens. She mentioned prepping the skin first and then doing the waxing. Anyone else have the scabbing issue?
My skin is uber-oily. Like you could lube a car engine with it. I tried the Ole Henriksen Pure Truth Vitamin C Youth Activating Oil, and it does control my oil! This product's smell is a bit strange (fishy and oranges?), but it does work well. I also bought Jose Maran Aragon Oil, too. And I'll try that one and see if there's a difference. What I find interesting is that I can put this on in the evening, and the next morning my skin isn't very oily at all. And no new breakouts. Right now my skin is relatively clear, but I am sold. I use maybe two drops for my entire face and follow it up with my Eminence Stone Crop Whipped Moisturizer. Oily-skinned ladies, you may want to try this! http://www.sephora.com/product/productDetail.jsp?k eyword=OLE%20HENRIKSEN%20Pure%20Truth%E2%84%A2%20V ... http://www.sephora.com/argan-cleansing-oil-P283501 ?skuId=1550904
Yes, it's February. After battling through several skincare crises, I finally decided to give in to doing SOS, since I know I need it. For clarification, the "*bleep* baby" is my skin. You'll see why. State of the Union (2/6/14) If you really want to see a picture of me, you can look at one of my old threads. No, I won't tell you which! -- Dryness : Sometimes I wake up feeling so dry that my skin will tear if I move it. This is on my face, neck, and legs. -- Eczema/Atopic dermatitis (AD) : Itchy, dry, red, and flaky spots on one eyelid, side of forehead, both sides of my mouth, several patches on my neck, and sometimes on my arms/legs. These patches can get very painful. -- Keratosis Pilaris (KP) : Bumps, sometimes itchy, red, and swollen, only on my arms and legs. They can result in scabbing and discoloration. -- Acne : Occasional cysts, pimples, and scars, mostly on my cheeks. It's gotten a lot better. I used to have horrible cystic acne over my forehead, but after gentle treatment and giving up dairy, now it's just a manageable nuisance rather than a high priority. -- Irritation/Sensitivity : Several years ago, I had great skin and used whatever goop that was in the house. Then I got acne, so started using drugstore products. Now, my skin likes more and more expensive stuff, some upwards of $60. It's spoiled filthy and won't listen to me. If it doesn't like some product, it'll throw up a huge fuss with rashes, redness, sometimes hives, along with my current skin problems. My current products leave things to be desired, but when I try new things that might be better, I risk a huge reaction that might last anywhere from one day to a month. Moral of the story: I'm doomed. Goals (some unicorn-like) -- Don't wake the *bleep* baby. Please. AKA find out how to control reactions and try out products safely. -- Find various skin goops that will address my problems. -- Find a sunscreen before the summer that doesn't give me a reaction. I don't use anything with SPF right now. -- Get my skin to an arbitrary point where I'll be confident enough to hang out at the beach in a bikini. I'll be satisfied with a t-shirt and shorts, though. -- Control my beauty-related spending. Or bring about world peace. Whichever comes first. Unhealthy Things That I Am In Denial About -- Stress : I have a lot going on, so this is inevitable. However, I really do need to remember to care for my spoiled baby (er, skin). -- Irregular eating : I sometimes go without eating for a day or binge on unhealthy foods, because, stress. -- Water : Self-hypnosis: Drink... more... water... @.@ -- Irregular sleeping : I have an irregular schedule, so I sleep when I can, but maybe I should nap? -- Touching/Scratching skin : Can't touch this... Can't touch this... Goops I Use (Not Necessarily Every Day) -- Makeup remover : Laneige Lip and Eye Remover Waterproof -- Cleanser : Olay Total Effects Blemish Control Cleanser, Sephora Precision Pore Cleansing Pad -- Exfoliator : Mario Badescu Enzyme Cleansing Gel ( When you use a cleanser for exfoliation, you know your skin's a wimp. ) -- Refiner : Laneige Moisture Power Essential Skin Refiner, Iope Bio Essence Intensive Conditioning ( Why is this so expensive?! ) -- Essence : Shiseido Hada Senka Whitening Lotion -- Moisturizer : Laneige Moisture Balancing Emulsion -- Acne treatment : Clean and Clear Dual Action Skin Moisturizer ( Again, when you can only handle 0.5% salicylic acid, you know your skin's a wimp. ) -- Eczema/AD treatment : CVS Pure Glycerin ( I rub it on over wet skin, and then pat the excess off. ) -- KP/rash treatment : Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil ( calming, but not moisturizing enough ), Clean and Clear Dual Action Skin Moisturizer ( used once the rash is down ) -- Facial oil : Grapeola Grape Seed Oil ( I use this to protect my skin when I cleanse or go out ), Josie Maran Argan Infinity Cream, Walgreens Castor Oil -- Body moisturizer : Josie Maran Whipped Argan Oil Ultra-Hydrating Body Butter in Vanilla Apricot ( smells like heaven... I could eat myself ) Goops I'm Not Sure About -- Amlactin Moisturizing Body Lotion : Heard this helps KP. I might pick one up next time I'm at Walgreens. -- Boscia Tsubaki Deep Hydration Sleeping Mask : Feels nice, but it's not particularly "deep hydration." Thinking of using this as a heavier moisturizer. Considering buying it. -- CeraVe Facial Moisturizing Lotion PM : I've seen a lot of recs online for CeraVe, so I'll cave the next time I'm at Walgreens. -- Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask : Heard good reviews. Maybe it can help my eczema and AD. -- Clinique Redness Solutions Daily Relief Cream : Seemed nice, no bad reaction. I'll test it again on a day with bad redness. -- Iope Super Vital Extra Moist Emulsion : What is it with my skin and Iope? Doesn't it know that this is more than $70?! But why does it work so well?! Considering buying it. -- Jason Purifying Tea Tree Oil : P.U. That is all, move along. -- Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil : Is it any different from my grape seed oil? Update: It doesn't absorb well into my skin. I like the Infinity Cream a lot better. -- Korres Greek Yoghurt Advanced Sleeping Facial : There's so many good reviews for this! I must try this soon. -- Laneige Water Sleeping Pack : I was using this when my skin had a reaction (due to over-exfoliating), but I still have to be careful with it, just in case. -- La Roche-Posay Hydraphase Intense Riche : It works on my eczema/AD immediately but irritates my skin. I'm now trying to recover from the havoc it wreaked. -- Mario Badescu Chamomile Night Cream : Lost out to La Roche-Posay Hydraphase -- Olay Regenerist Regenerating Serum Fragrance Free : It's very slippery, but I like it. I'm going to use it for a while to confirm it before I add it officially. -- Ole Henriksen Truth Serum Collagen Booster : I feel like I need this, but haven't tried it yet. I fear it's going to be too strong on my skin. Update: Not irritating, but looking for better options. -- Origins Drink Up 10 Minute Mask to Quench Skin's Thirst : I'm so weak to nice-smelling things... Thinking of using this as a heavier moisturizer as well. Considering buying it. Any advice and recommendations would be appreciated! <3
It may be too soon to tell, but I may have just died and gone to face heaven. Received my Tarte Maracuja Oil sample in the mail today, washed my face and patted it on....And instantly my redness was GONE. I ALWAYS have a red nose after washing my face. My entire life. And now it's the same color as the rest of my face. Has anyone else had results like this? Did they last? I've been a big fan of face oils for a while now, but it always took a week or more to see good things. Is this a miracle?
Kay so ladies and gentlemen! What is your favorite skin care product(s)? Mine is Clinique Youth Surge Age Decelerating Moisturizer Broad Spectrum SPF 15 it goes on smooth like butter (not in a bad way) it also moisturize my face even thought it have a really bad smell. But I love it anyway
Updated 2/20/2014 - It's not too late to join us! @atr3810: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Simplify-and-Stick-to-It-combo-oily-skin/t ... @BeautyJunkie325: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-A-Beauty-Junkie-s-Journey-from-Skincare-Am ... @calamityjane85: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Calamity-s-Skincare-Safari/m-p/953341#M156 ... @camiah: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-The-Battle-Begins/td-p/957437 @carolang: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Natural-amp-Balanced-Combo-Very-Oily/td-p/ ... @charpic: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Gurl-Please-My-Face-is-FABulous/td-p/95635 ... @CmmC: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Wash-Your-Dang-Face-Woman/m-p/1091703#M229 ... @dannyc: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-In-need-of-SkinCare-Addict-Chill-Pill/m-p/ ... @evno: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Don-t-wake-the-bleep-baby/m-p/1129459#M234 ... @kimchikween: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Oooooh-so-I-m-supposed-to-actually-USE-the ... @IttyxBittxyMe: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Dry/SOS-2014-I-hav e-no-idea-what-I-m-doing/td-p/978137 @marydiva: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Combo-Normal/SOS-2 014-Skincare-suds-and-spf/m-p/953237#M1116 @melisa16: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Let-My-Skin-Glow/m-p/959701#M1647 @mimibel: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Srs-Bsns-Skincare/td-p/996289 @mlmac: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-The-Last-Year-in-My-20s/td-p/956899 @pipsqueek1582: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Hoping-for-Results/m-p/957041#M1601 @quotidianus: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-healthier-happier-brighter/m-p/960901#M168 ... @theramenlover: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Show-Some-Skin/m-p/960295#M1658 @warriorwitch: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Give-me-back-my-face/td-p/953007 @WhereYouStand: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-quot-a-rise-from-dreams-and-disasters-a-jo ... @wingatprcst: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/S OS-2014-Look-out-50-here-I-come/m-p/956541 -------------------------------------------------- ------ First of all, credit goes to @marydiva for the SOS moniker though @jenpred's "Did I Just Put That On My Face? - A Skin Care Journey" was a close second. Thank you, ladies! I know a lot of us are skincare product junkies, but, if you're anything like me, probably aren't using all those products as consistently as you should. I made a personal goal in 2014 to be better about taking care of my skin (perhaps it's because I have a milestone b-day this year..eek). BT has been such a great source of skincare insight and dialogue, I thought it would be great for us to keep each other accountable and follow each other's SOS journey. So, here's the plan: We each create our own BT thread start the name of it with "SOS 2014". You can end it with whatever you want. For example: “SOS 2014 - Potholes are for streets and craters are for moons” You lot are a creative bunch, so I'm looking forward to what you think of. In your initial post, make sure to include the following: Skincare routine you are going to follow Current skin status - picture (if you comfortable providing one)/notes Skincare goals for 2014 Any other factors that might be impacting your skin - stress, smoking, sun damage, etc… We can help motivate each other on keeping healthy habits that will help save our skin. Every week, create a new post to your thread: Did you stick with your routine? What products did you use? Have you noticed any differences? Then, in a year's time, we'll return to this thread and share our overall thoughts on the journey and how close we got to our goals. This post will contain links to everyone who is participating and can be a place where discussions with everyone can take place. Please know that this is the first time we're doing this, so if you have any constructive criticism on the approach/format, please let me know. Perhaps, then, I can pass this baton to someone else for 2015. :smiley-veryhappy: Looking forward to following everyone’s journeys!
The original post got buried in Off-Topic: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Off-Topic/Laneige- is-coming-to-your-Target-on-February-17-Bye-bye-pa ... I checked Target's site and the Laneige skincare line is currently available for online purchase. SportyGirly125 reported that Laneige will be in stores in March. Thanks! Hopefully, this will change if sales are promising. Prices range from $22 to $55. Happy shopping, ladies!
Since I turn 50 this year, and so will my skin, I am starting this journal to focus on maintaining the quality of skin that I have and hopefully improving the damage I have inflicted on my skin for the last 50 years. I want to age gracefully but not without a fight! If I look as well as my mother at 86 without any skincare regimen (only soap!), then I have a good chance of looking years younger than my actual age. Here are my skin specifics: Oily - less oily in winter and overall a little drier now that I'm post-menopausal Pigmented - freckles and age spots (one on face and more on hands) Sensitive - prone to breakouts but no rashes or stinging Aging - only a few lines around the eyes and drooping eyelids which are getting worse Current regimen: Morning Aloette Gentle Foaming Cleanser Aloette Oil-free Toner Aloette Nutri-hydrating Mist Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging/Anti-wrinkle Eye Cream Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging/Anti-wrinkle Face Serum Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging/Anti-wrinkle Mattifying Lotion Aloette Soothe n' Smooth Lip Balm Evening Aloette Gentle Cleansing Oil (to remove makeup) Aloette Gentle Foaming Cleanser + Clarisonic Mia 2 Aloette Oil-free Toner Aloette Nutri-hydrating Mist Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging/Anti-wrinkle Eye Cream Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging/Anti-wrinkle Face Serum Korres Quercetin & Oak Anti-aging/Anti-wrinkle Night Cream Aloette Soothe n' Smooth Lip Balm (has lip exfoliating scrub plus balm) Once a week, I alternate Aloette Enzyme Peel and Aloette Multi-action Scrub (Saturday and Wednesday) I often use Korres Wild Rose Instant Brightening Eye Treatment under my eyes in the morning. Sometimes at night, I substitute Korres Wild Rose 24 hr Moisturizer and Brightening Cream or Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial instead of night cream. Skin concerns: Fine lines around eyes Age spots (outer corner of left eye and hands) and freckles Drooping eyelids Occasional acne Goals for 2014 My goal is to wash my face every night whether I wore makeup that day or not, to improve my diet for overall health and skin improvement, and to continue to search for products that will address my skin issues. I posted pictures without/with makeup below.
I have been back and forth to the dermatologist trying to figure out my problmatic skin lately- the last trip revealed i have "closed comedones" on my forehead(little bumps of trapped oil basically that are pretty much skin color) and some red pastules (red bumps that dont have a whitehead or erupt or anything) just mainly red bumpbs along sides of cheeks and cheeks- and some black heads on my chin..... i was prescriped aczone but was denied by my insurance company because of the price and i cannot afford it I am waiting to see if i will be able to get tretinoin or if insurance company will deny me.... Currently i use Boscia tsubaki oil cleanser and my clarisonic maybe once a week.... any suggestions?!?!?!? desperatley searching for clear, bump free skin solutions !
First, about me: I have very oily, acne-prone skin, and I'm 46 years old. I bought it on Amazon because it was way cheaper. First impression is that I really like it. It dried up my pimples with the first mask, and it soaked up the oil on my skin. I will say that it's very drying, so if you have dry skin, this probably isn't the product for you. Also, it's pretty strong, so wash your face with a mild face wash beforehand -- no acne wash or anything like that. You only need to apply a thin layer of it. It does have pieces of leaves in it, which can seem strange, but really if it works, who cares? I kept it on for 20 minutes -- the max recommended. And when I washed it off, I then applied my Eminence Stone Crop Whip Moisturizer. I've used it most days since I've gotten it, but I see myself using it regularly a few times a week in the future. Bottom line: I will be adding this as a permanent part of my skincare regime. Everyone's skin is different, so really what works for me may not work for someone else. http://www.sephora.com/super-mud-clearing-treatmen t-P376409
I need to admit, I have been rather impressed with Shiseido as a brand. It first started with their mascara base which helps not only to moisturize my lashes but keep the mascara on. I then started to use their Ibuki facial wash which - even though it is a foaming wash - is gentle enough for my combination skin. And then their anti-aging eye cream is just wonderful. Plus, bonus points because it comes with a scoop!
Okay, I am obsessed with body gels, scrubs, butter, etc. I think I have 5 different kinds of soaps (bar and gel) in my shower as well as 2 scrubs. But I reach for different things depending on my mood and how my skin feels that day. Does anyone else do this? My husband is running out of room in the caddy! Hahahahaa!
I received a sample of this with my recent order from their sale. It looks interesting. Has anyone tried it? From the directions on my sample it sounded like it would be a good makeup remover before using my regular cleanser. Just looking to see if anyone has any feedback because even across the internet I couldn't find much. Thanks!
I currently have two facial oils: Tarte's maracuja oil and JM's Argan oil light. Do I need to, or should I use a moisturizer in conjunction with these? If so, may I blend the two or is it best to use them separately? If separately, which should come first? Thanks!
Hello All, trying to get your opinion on a serum to use. My skin is oily and acne prone although I've gotten a handle on my break outs. I use sunscreen everyday and Josie Maran Light Argan Oil at night for a moisturizer but I want to try a serum to give my skin a boost and to brighten my complexion. Any thoughts?
Okay so this isn't so much a question as a post where you can share your favourite homemade face mask recipes so if someone is looking for one they can come here. My personal favourite: 1-3 tsp Coffee grounds (used works just fine, and it's a great way to recycle that expensive coffee!) 1-2 tsp Cocoa Powder 1 pack instant oatmeal or a 1/4 cup of oats about 1/4-1/3 cup olive or liquid coconut oil, enough to bind everything to mix it together without being too liquidy. This is a great face mask for dry or oil skin but especially for dry sensitive skin. The coffee grounds are a gentle deep exfoliator and also detox skin but it's super gentle, and makes this smell like a mocha. Cocoa powder makes it smell even more delicious and has a lot of detoxifying properties. The oatmeal is a bit of a deeper scrub but is still really soft. And the olive or coconut oil hydrates and softens skin but doesn't make it feel too greasy. I will use this all over my body, especially on my legs but it feels best on the face. It smells amazing and makes my skin look amazing, and as you probably have most of these ingredients at home it's really cheap to make. So what are your favourite at home face masks?
I came across the Boscia Art of multitasking product the other day. Thanks to a recent thread posted by nicrohr I have been using masks back to back, (which I am loving) but I can't believe I hadn't though of using different masks for targeted areas earlier. Which made me curious... are any of you lovely ladies already doing this? If so, which products are you using?
So I finally started on retinol this week, Peter Thomas Roth retinol PM to be exact. While I did not experience any flaking, my skin does seem pinker than usual, so I decided to brush up on my retinol knowledge and read up a bit. While we are always talking about encouraging cell renewal and exfoliation, it has briefly occurred to me whether that would actually make you age faster since your cell can't renew infinite number of times? well, turns out there's a name for that--Hayflick Limit. Quote: "There are several reasons to go slow (if at all) on retinol. The repeated shedding of the upper dermal layer will make the skin thin and dry over time (sensitive types will find the process irritating as well). The forced production of new cells may speed up the Hayflick Limit (cells can only renew themselves a finite number of times). Users should be aware that this is a controversial ingredient. Retinol has been shown to produces excess reactive oxygen species that can interfere with cellular signaling, cause mutations, lead to cell death, and it may be implicated in cardiovascular disease." Granted, there are different forms of vitamin A, retinol, retinoid, retinyl palmitate etc and in science things are always changing, but Hayflick Limit is a real thing, so now I wonder whether that was one of the reason why sometimes ppl who barely do anything except wash and moisturize have just as good or better skin than ppl who pile on all the skincare; and why sometimes people say you don't really need exfoliation. As a 20some, I know I don't need the 70+ skincare products I have, but well, I don't think caveman regimen is the way to go either. I dunno, just some food for thoughts since so many of us are doing skincare journal right now...... thoughts?
HI! Welcome to my skincare journal! What is this madness? http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/W elcome-to-the-first-ever-BeautyTalk-quot-Save-Our- ... I have normal to oily skin, my t-zone is the main area that annoys me Current skin status: - not impressive/ not depressing Right now, my skin is an oil slick/ I' m constantly battling hormonal breakouts on my chin from that lovely sob that visits once a month. I don't have any major concerns but this is to track how well products work or don't work for this coming year. Current routine: *AM: Koh gen do cleansing spa water with shiseido cottons, UD b6 vitamin spray, Josie Maran light oil *PM: Koh gen do spa water, Clarisonic with Clarins cottonseed gentle foaming cleanser, B6 spray, Korres anti aging oak serum, tarte maracuja oil. *Weekly: Koh gen do soft gommage spa gel to exfoliate Skincare goals for 2014: *****To be able to go out of the house without foundation on and feel comfortable doing so! *To get that ever elusive radiant glow without looking shiny *Work on those dark undereye circles *Start treating fine lines that I see creeping up on me *Find products that quickly knockout little blemishes that arise Any other factors that might be impacting your skin? *yes- bad eating habits. Hoping to clean that up and start drinking more water Things I want to try: I plan on doing a mask once a week hopefully some other kind of exfoliating treatment, will work on pinning that down.
So I've been considering trying Glam Glow because I see it advertised as a quick fix, etc.... I'm wondering if anyone has tried it and if you recommend it. I am not going to spend $69 without trying it first or hearing what other women have to say. Thanks!!!
Mine is crazy and all over the place to say the least and I have no idea where to start what I actually need whats good for my skin anything! I'm pretty much flying blind and go with what my doctor(s) tell me... which hasn't actually done much for me I feel. So I am trying to take it upon myself to make an journal where I can get the support and help from people who might be able to help me. So I guess it might actually be helpful to tell you what my skin is like and what might have but didn't actually work for my face... I'm 18 going on 19 and have combo skin I would say. The only place I am really oily is my nose and every where else is pretty normal except I have a lot of texture and I get acne but thankfully not cystic just annoying everywhere little bumps. I can occasionally get dry patches but usually only when my skin is super irritated. I have massive dark circles like punched in the face dark but I think they might be getting better with my new eye cream by Mario Badescu (Chamomile anyone know if this is actually really good or is there something I should actually consider more?). I'm on the pill for anemia and an Iron supplement as well but I'm still really working to get that all on a set time. And my diet is awful... I need help please don't judge me As you can see currently I have a lot of products. A lot of them I have tried and some I am just now starting. And this isn't the tip of the iceburg. I've used proactive but that literally burned my face off. Walk down the aisle, I've probably at some point used it. It also doesn't help that I can't remember is it is benzoyl peroxide that I'm allergic too or not or the salicylic acid... actually it might be both D:... but I think it is benzoyl Right now I am using two prescribed medications. The first which I use in the morning is clindamycin phosphate topical gel and then at night it is Differin lotion (omg it has parabens... *freaks out a bit even though I'm not super familiar with those I just know they aren't very good...?) But I'm not sure how affective they are because hey my cleansers aren't cleaning deep enough to allow this to get to the problem. And anything harsher I'm not sure my poor face would handle (it's very temperamental... *unamused*) Cetephil Daily cleanser dried me out and didn't really even help my acne and the gentle was to gentle! What the truck skin... What the truck. So then a dermatologist, who didn't even really ask me any questions about my skin or my habits anything was like try the cetephil foaming cleanser so I was like okay sure. Not a good idea friends. My face got that tight sensitive don't want to even touch it condition. Then after reading about how oily face means your skin is just trying to compensate I brought it up with my doctor and she was basically like.. no. Oily skin is just oily skin nothing you can really do for that but grow to accept it. Pretty much yeah but I don't really want to accept that answer. So now I'm just left here. With no idea what to do no products really in mind besides my Mario Badescu eye cream, the Clarisonic I will be purchasing in the near future, my medications, and why couldn't god just grant me nice skin? Not sure if I left anything out but that turned into a rant and I'm sorry!
Haven't updated in awhile X_X Alright, I can feel that the cleanser hasn't been doing a very good job of actually cleaning (indicated by all the gunk that comes off of my face with the toner), so right now I'm cleanser hopping and hoping. My skin is currently clear, but for some reason, the area around my eyes is very dry and irritated these days. It may be from the Clinique Repairwear sample I got, or it may be something else. I'm not sure. BTW, since I was new to BT when I started up this skincare diary, do you guys think I should continue updating it the way I've been doing (new thread each time) or do you all think I should go back to the first one I did and just post on that one (since that bumps it up anyways)? Changes: -FAB cleanser-->currently Josie Maran Argan Oil -Mask-->Boscia Tsubaki Hydrating Mask -Toner-->Lancome Tonique Confort -Daytime Moisturizer-->FAB Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer -Night Cream-->FAB Ultra Repair Cream -serum--> Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus Goals Succeeded so far: -healthy diet! Thanks to winter formal for finally getting me started on eating right. Of course, I like to eat my goodies now and then, but since I've limited myself to less processed foods, my face has not had a single pimple. -putting on SPF. If my tinted moisturizer has it, it's good enough Opinions of Products: -Josie Maran Argan Oil Cleanser: Mehh, too scented. It has a very citrusy smell, and I really hate it. Like any cleansing oil, it feels greasy, but on the bright side, it doesn't dry out my face, and it does do its job; cleaning off all the gunk on my face. I would purchase the full size if not for the scent. -Boscia Tsubaki Hydrating Mask: I don't know if I like it or not. I've used it several times, and while it does feel like my skin is hydrated when I put it on and the morning after, it just doesn't seem to make a lasting difference. It barely even qualifies as a mask; a very heavy night cream would probably do the same job. -Lancome Tonique Confort: I love the smell of this product. It's light, fresh, and not overpowering at all. It's definitely a smell that wakes me up without trying to murder my nose (*cough*ArganOilCleanser*cough*). I thought that this would be more watery like most of the toners I've tried, but this is very thick. I guess I would compare the consistency to very fluid mucus? It doesn't absorb very easily into my cotton pad, but it soaks right into my skin, which I like. My skin feels very smooth and soft after I apply this. -FAB Ultra Repair Face Moisturizer: I was hoping a lighter version of the Ultra Repair Cream would make me less greasy, but sadly no. I was a bit disappointed in this product. I really hoped it would have all the benefits of the Ultra Repair Cream, but without the grease. It was a bit of the opposite; I still end up greasy, and my face isn't as hydrated as when I use the cream. It's still not a bad moisturizer though, and even though I get greasy, this doesn't break me out either. -Clinique Repairwear Laser Focus: ehh. I don't like it, but I don't hate it either. It hasn't really done anything to me (except possibly irritate my eyes), but it hasn't done anything for me either. I guess I'll just keep using it for another week, then give my final opinion on it. Things on my love/want list atm: -Luna for Combination Skin -KGD Cleansing Water (why are they always OOS???) -FAB Ultra Repair Concentrate (save my hands, please, save my hands) -Supergoop! Anti-aging Eye Cream -Korres Wild Rose Sleeping Facial
I initially posted about my horrifying skincare habits here: http://community.sephora.com/t5/Skincare-Stories/B eauty-Talk-Keep-me-Honest/m-p/1091387 (Think falling asleep ontop of a laptop with fake eyelashes still stuck to my face), so my resolution for 2014 was to finally grow up and stick to a skin care routine. I am a complete make up junkie, and I'm finding the same to be true for the skin care products I've been testing, so this journal will hopefully help me to keep track! Current skin status: * Normal; dry around my lips, sometimes oily on my forehead by the end of the day. * 28 years old -- Two lines on my forehead that I'm positive I was born with, since those stubborn jerks have always been there * Rarely any acne, usually a small flesh colored bump or two will pop up on my forehead or around my hairline. * No blackheads, but obviously sebaceous filaments on the tip of my nose. *Lips seem to always be dry and cracked Current routine : * AM - Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, Clinique's Mild Clarifying Lotion, Clinique Turnaround concentrate, Clinique Moisture Surge, City block sheer face protector (spf 25). * PM - Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, Clinique's Mild Clarifying Lotion, Clinique Turnaround concentrate, Super Rescue Antioxidant night moisturizer, Nevea Creme. * Weekly - Neutrogena Microdermabrasion System *As Needed - Retin-A (I use this as a spot treatment, maybe once a month if that). Skincare goals for 2014: 1. Actually stick to a skincare routine. For someone who is rather particular about my makeup, I'm embarrassed to say how lazy I have been about my skin. I attribute this to the fact that throughout my life my skin has been amazing to me, and dealt with all the crap I've thrown at it. Well, I need to be a little nicer to me skin, or it's going to stop being nice to me. 2. Take my makeup off. Every. Single. Night. 3. Wear only mineral sunscreens, no chemical barriers, especially anything containing oxybenzone. 4. Attempt to minimize the giant lines on my forehead. This may be impossible - I'm a total forehead creaser when I'm thinking. 5. Sleep more. Drink more water. Any other factors that might be impacting your skin? I am a TERRIBLE sleeper. I sleep maybe, five hours a night. Also I don't drink nearly enough water. My main supply of moisture is diet coke (Holy crap, writing this down is horrifying. My skin deserves humanitarian aid.) Things I want to try : I already crossed one thing off - the Shiseido Ibuki line. I LOVED this initially. I know that a lot of people think the smell is too strong, but I loved it. The problem was that the amount of alcohol in the products actually made them more drying than not, even the enriched moisturizer wouldn't go the distance for me at night. I would have to use the enriched in the morning as well. My skin felt AMAZING, but I had to constantly re-moisturize. Also, the packaging is not great for stabilizing anti-aging ingredients, so it's a lot of money for products that potentially won't work after the package is opened. I can't wait to try the Peter Thomas Roth 40% Acid peel!
Hi everyone! This skincare journal is a great idea, as it can help me really focus making progress towards goals instead of just trying new products willy-nilly. Current skin status: * Fairly oily; sometimes a little drier in the winter months * 32 years old -- starting to battle fine lines and general aging * Residual acne scarring from a terrible acne struggle in my mid-20s * Cystic hormonal acne every couple of weeks now that I am no longer on the birth control pill (ugh) -- mostly along my jawline and on my chin, although occasionally on my cheeks and forehead * No significant blackheads to speak of, but a scattering of milia here and there Current routine: * AM - Neutrogena Fresh Foaming Cleanser, Philosophy When Hope is Not Enough Serum, 10% benzoyl peroxide spot treatment, moisturizer with SPF (rotating between Philosophy Oil-Free Hope in a Jar, Neutrogena Facial Radiance Moisturizer, and Cetaphil Oil-Control moisturizer), sometimes Mario Badescu Hyaluronic Eye Cream * PM - Murad AHA/BHA facial scrub or Clarisonic with FAB facial cleanser, FAB Facial Radiance Pads, and some combination of the following based on current skin conditions: Mario Badescu Buffering Lotion, FAB Facial Radiance Serum, 10% benzoyl peroxide spot treatment, and either Philosophy Hope in a Jar or Korres Wild Rose + Vitamin C sleeping facial * Weekly - Origins Charcoal mask and Out of Trouble mask, once a week each, and then followed by REN AHA Resurfacing Concentrate for an extra exfoliation Skincare goals for 2014: 1. Holy overflowing medicine cabinet, Batman -- reduce the overall number of products used! Part of this is due to the fact that I need to just use up some of what I have before buying anything new. Once I use up my three daytime moisturizers, I want to find something simple and basic, and just stick to one product there. Same with the two night creams, two serums, etc. I want a more streamlined routine that is effective and doesn't take 20 minutes. 2. Combat aging and improve overall skin tone and radiance. So far, I really like the FAB products for this, but I still need to work on finding the perfect combination of products that will help me age well. 3. Deal with cystic acne more effectively and stop picking any whiteheads. This is easier said than done, but hopefully this forum can help hold me accountable! Any other factors that might be impacting your skin? I went off birth control about six months ago because my husband and I are trying for our first child. I rarely had cystic acne when I was on the pill, so dealing with that has been an adjustment. Also, I cannot use products with retinol, per the instructions of my OB. If I become pregnant, there will also be other products that I can no longer use, so that might raise some new challenges. Things I want to try: I feel like I need to use up a bunch of what I already have before I can try new things. I do like the Origins masks that I am using once a week each, although I have also heard good things about Boscia masks. I'm hoping to get the 500 pt Boscia perk in January, so I might be able to try them then. I do like the Origins price point a little better, though.
***Updated 2 February 2014*** My Skin Care Journal I used to be entirely diligent about my skin as well as my overall health. Over the last six years, I’ve really let things slip and I need to get back to making my well-being a priority. I’m hoping this will help to keep me motivated and accountable (make sense?) To that end ... Skin Care Routine Daily, face - morning : Cleanse, treat, moisturize (currently using lanolin-ägg-tvål, and Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting serum and cream) Daily, face - night : Cleanse, treat, moisturize (currently using castor/jojoba oil mix, and Olay Regenerist micro-sculpting serum and cream) Daily, whole body : Dry brush, shower/cleanse, moisturize (using a natural cactus bristle brush, Nature’s Gate hemp or Dr. Bronner's almond liquid soaps, Khiel’s crème de corps or Nuxe huile prodigieuse) Weekly, face : Use a treatment or masque (still am sussing what to use/rotate) Weekly, body : Cedar sauna Generally : Stick with whole foods, minimally processed, vegan – incorporating smoothies with lots of anti-oxidant rich fruit and veg. Drink plenty of water, steering clear of high caffeine and sweetened beverages. Work on insomnia in order to get minimum of six hours a night. Current Skin Status I'm early 40s with normal-to-dry skin, fair and sensitive. Right now it's dull, dull, dull … and a dry for the season, uneven color and coarse in areas. Issues Negatively Impacting Skin Overall, too much work, drama, caffeine, grab-and-go meals; not enough exercise, sleep, hydration, play, relaxation. Skincare Goals for 2014 Address the fine lines that are starting to show up on my face, and the general tone of my skin - going for smooth, supple and firm. Find products I truly love using and that love me back! But most importantly, stick to a routine, and ensure that I’m making that time for myself, rather than allowing my health to simply be an afterthought.