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Every once in awhile I get skin care that product that flakes or balls up on my skin?
Hi guys! I found an eye cream that I really liked for night time but half way through the jar I noticed after it soaked into my skin it would leave a sort of film or substance on my lashes and skin that would end up flaking off? What causes this? I've had this happen to me a couple times before with skin care products. This is the ONLY thing I put on my eyes at night btw. 
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Hey ashleynne,   great advice above.It does seem you may using a little too much product but also where you're applying the product matters as well.  Make sure you're ... see post
Fore Luxe...are you kidding me?!?!
So I was looking on the Foreo website about their products, and stumbled upon their Luxe and Platinum versions...for $6,500 and $8,800, respectively!!! I couldn't believe it! What is the most ridiculous beauty product you have seen?     EDIT:  should say FOREO..maybe I'm in a golfing mood! lol
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HALL OF FAMER heartsmyface / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
i've seen this type of question asked more generally, but i wanted to ask it specific to skincare. not only is it interesting to see what has really worked for people, but it'll maybe highlight some products others are interested in trying !   so: what are specific  products that would cause you to hyperventilate were you to run out ?   mine currently are:   cleansers CLINIQUE take the day off cleansing balm NUDE SKINCARE perfect cleanse omega cleansing jelly toners (acids & hydrating) FIRST AID BEAUTY facial radiance pads (AHA) AVEDA botanical kinetics exfoliant (BHA) CAUDALIE beauty elixir (moisture) MURAD essential-c toner (moisture) oils and serums CLARINS blue orchid facial oil VICHY aqualia thermal serum (serum for dehydration) moisturizers AVEDA botanical kinetics hydrating face lotion masks (i like to have an arsenal for different purposes) REN glycol lactic radiance renewal mask (resurfacing) OLE HENRIKSEN lemon strip flash peel (resurfacing: hardcore) PETER THOMAS ROTH cucumber mask (hydrating / soothing) FIRST AID BEAUTY skin rescue purifying mask w/ red clay (deep cleaning)   additionally, a couple products that may reach HG status soon, but need more time in my rotation: FIRST AID BEAUTY instant repair oatmeal mask (hydrating / soothing) TATA HARPER replenishing nutrient complex (oil) TATCHA cleansing oil KOH GEN DO cleansing spa water NUDE SKINCARE miracle mask (exfoliating / brightening) to be fair...i think this is a LOT to be considered truly HG. but you guys know i have a lot of steps in my daily routine, and these are tried-and-true loves of mine !   edited 1/14/15
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so many things on this list that i ENVY !! see post
I use my Jurlique Fruit Enzyme exfoliator and I love it. Sephora isn't carrying it anymore! Bad, Sephora, BAD! Has anyone used this particular exfoliator and then found a similar one? I have dry, dull skin with slight aging concerns.  I wish Sephora had sets of favorite serums and favorite exfoliators, they way they do Beauty closet, and sephora favorites....I'd love try lots of new products....but I don't want to spend on a full size and discover I hate it. I'm not ANYWHERE near a store for the next six months, otherwise I'd get samples galore :-(
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These kits contain the suggested item at less than full price smaller sizes see post
3 skin care products you would use for the rest of your life
I just think it would be fun to share our Holy Grail skincare products. Name 3 skincare products that would use for the rest of your life. What benefits did you get from using them.   My skin type is dry-combination, occasional breakouts  My 3 Holy Grail    -Arcona Cramberry Toner. It makes my skin so soft and hydrated, and it is antimicrobial  -Glamglow Hydrating masl my skin become smooth bright and hydrated every time wake up -Caudalie moisturizing sorbet it moisturizes my skin without any greasy look
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1. Dr Dennis Gross alpha beta peel extra strength formula - My number one favorite. These exfoliate, brighten, even skin tone/texture and really helps my other products ... see post
Grab the Origins Checks & Balances Sample
Seriously, ladies, this is a great cleanser. You can get a free sample with a $25 purchase. Code is NEWCLEAN.   I scooped up a sample of this, and it's a great size to take on a trip and you get several uses out of it. Great product! -wash-P297516    
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Ahaha, I like Origins Checks and Balances for summer, but it's too drying for winter. If you want a foamy lather cleanser for winter, try Clarins Gentle cleanser. I do l... see post
Sensitive Skin Skincare Routine?
Hi All!   I am trying to start a grown-up skincare routine for the first time. I had problems with acne as a kid, but now in my early/mid 20s I find my skin tends to be sensitive and dry, with the only breakouts being minor and "that time" of the month.   Where do I start? Any recommendations? I'd love to get some glow and radiance out of my tired looking skin, but have to find very gently products.   Thanks!
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I have similar skin.  I love FAB, it really does work well for this skin type.  I'd also say, my dermatologist told me to introduce new products one at a time to make su... see post
what's the best cleanser to use with a hydrasonic cleansing system?
Hi redsmokey,   When picking a cleanser to use with a hydrosonic tool you will still want to pick a cleanser that suits your personal skin type and needs - there isn... see post
Anti aging products
I am turning 27, and I can feel that my skin is aging. I just want to look young and flawless as everybody.  My skin type is dry-combination. I had experienced acne last year, but thank God they are gone now.  My current skincare routine is  -Makari de suisse soap -Arcona Cramberry toner,  -Caudalie vinosource sobert ( day time moisturizer) -Glamglow thurstymud hydrating mask Now I really to incorporate and anti aging products, serum or cream. Please can I have some suggestions
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I agree with both posters below about having a retinol/retinoid as well as antioxidants and SPF included in your daily skin care regimen.  I'm 31 and after having 2 kid... see post
Just got water in my cleansing oil...
So being the clutz that I am, I accidentally recapped my bottle of Murad Renewal Cleansing oil with the wet cap (after having dropped it in the sink with running water) The oil quickly turned cloudy. Did I just ruin the the whole bottle?  I was going to pick up another bottle as soon as I can but still... I was hoping someone was going to tell me something different....  
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My skin feels awesome!!!!
I've started using Philosophy's Micodelivery Exfoliating Wash. My skin feels SO good after using it. And the stubborn spot of acne on my chin is clearing up!! (YAY!!!!)  And I polled all my friends about what kind of moisturizer they use on their faces. And one of my besties (Who introduced me to Sephora! So you know she's awesome!) said she is using coconut oil and offered to give me some to try.  I LOVE this stuff. It smells so good and it leaves my skin feeling SO SOFT!!!    This duo is making my face super happy!! But it's only been a few days. So we'll see what happens. I'm hoping the coconut oil doesn't lead to more acne. I don't apply it too heavily, especially in that area. 
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This stubborn spot on my chin that I've been dealing with forever is basically gone! It's loads better!! I love this stuff!!!  see post
Adult Acne issues. Tried Boscia, but it just made it worse.
I am 31 years old with very light, very sensitive skin. I have never really had bad acne or super noticeable problems with blemishes. I was not really one to wash my face more than once a day. I would take off my make up with wipes, but other than washing my face in the shower with a drug-store brand cleanser, and using an oil free moisturizer for sensitive skin, that was about it.   Recently though, I have started to get bad acne/blemishes on my forehead, cheeks, chin and nose. The blemishes are extremely painful even when not touching them. Because my old routine was obviously not working, I wanted to try something new. I have fairly sensitive skin (I try to use products without fragrances, dyes, etc). I purchased Boscia's cleanser and willow bark spot treatment. At first, the cleanser seemed to be good. My skin would feel soft after I washed it and by the morning, my blemishes would be less irritated. The willow bark spot treatment did absolutely nothing. Toothpaste worked better than that stuff.   Because my skin was so bad, I began to wash my face twice a day and use an oil free moisturizer on the dry areas of my face at night. But after using this for about a week, my face broke out like it has never done before.  I stopped using the Boscia  and went back to using my wipes and moisturizer only. Within a couple of days, my skin was starting to get better.    I researched online and saw that the Murad brand was generally recommended for adult acne. I got the 3-day sample of their serum and have that my skin does seem to be a bit calmer. I had also purchased the Murad cleanser with all day acne treatment and have very carefully and sparingly started using that. So far, I am still dealing with the breakouts, but nothing like the insanity I saw after using the Boscia.    So after all of that... here's my actual question: has anyone had a similar experience and if so, do you have any advice? I worry that my skin maybe can't handle any kind of skin care routine. But since I am starting to see signs of aging on my face, I really do want to start.
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If you have health insurance I would recommend a dermatologist. Im 35 and have battled with my skin and have tried soooo many products. A topical antibiotic is the only ... see post
Big acne scars. Will a pore filler make me breakout more? Is what I bought enough for my needs?
What'd you buy?   It depends on the primer/pore filler that you purchased whether it'll work for you or not.  There are a lot of different formulations (mattifying, co... see post
Suncreen issues due to retinol
Two weeks ago I stepped up my retinol game at night from the Algenist Retinol Firming and Lifting Serum to Paula's Choice Clinical 1% Retinol Treatment Cream and went through peeling, redness, and especially sensitivity (I was accidentally blending this up under my eyes and onto my lids when I put my eye cream on and my eyes were having none of it - water burned and the only thing that I found that didn't irritate them was Neosporin). When I was going through the adjustment, sunscreen was adhering to my skin increasingly poorly, which I just chalked up to the flaking and dryness. Now that my skin has adjusted to the retinol, which I am able to use daily, sunscreen will barely adhere to my skin. I've been using the same amount of the same formulas (Kate Sommerville Waterlight, Supergoop City Serum, MDSolar Sciences SPF 50, Bioderma Photoderm MAX, and Neutrogena Dry Touch SPF 45) as well as the same skincare, but they don't blend in and don't stay put. If I don't wear makeup, they look obvious on the skin becasue of the streaks they leave, and if I do, then all of the formulas just ball up when I try to blend anything out. I think that it is becasue my skin texture has improved by leaps and bounds, but am not entirely sure. Has anyone else encountered this problem, or is it just a 'me' thing? I would love to hear any suggestions for sunscreens that you all think would work as well. I would like to avoid using waterproof, but, as of now, it looks to be my only feasible option . 
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If you like Paula's choice try her tinted sunblock. It has replaced liquid makeup for me. I use powder over it after it has dried completely, and my skin looks great wit... see post
Look at what I just got in the mail!
Oddly, I received an email shortly after I had commented in a post about how I wasn't that concerned about not having receiving anything free from Sephora. I noted that, although it would certainly be neat to get a free thing, I certainly was not upset about not getting any. Seriously no biggie. Then I got an email that i would be receiving a Free Thing!    I don't have a big wrinkle problem (silver lining to oily skin), but at age 41 I do have a few small wrinkles I'd like to address. I just wish I could use it under my eyes!  
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Yay! Enjoy you gift :) Let us know how you like it  later :) see post
Hi, my face is very sensitive and red. I was wondering what product would be best to reduce this redness. My skin isn't dry or oily. I just want to be confident walking out of the house without any makeup on. Thanks(:
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If no products work on to a professional =]  see post
Skincare while traveling
BT lovelies what do you do for your skin while you're traveling?   I was traveling recently and my lovely skin freaked out. I took my regular skincare stuff with me and followed my normal routine. I went from a warm climate (SoCal) to up north to the mountains near Seattle. My skin freaked out and broke out. Haven't had this bad of a break out in a LONG time. And then my skin dried up, painfully.   I'm thinking it might have been the climate change or the water. I know we can get dehydrated while flying so I drink lots of water before/during/after the flight as well as moisturize twice as much. But this time it just didn't help.   What do you guys do to help your skin cope with traveling? I'm going to be traveling again soon and I'd like to not have a skin freakout repeat. I'd like to look good in pictures without heavy make up or heavy photoshoping.
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So I've stocked up on some hydrating night masks to use the night of when I get to my destination. I've also picked up a bunch of mask sheets from SkinFood. If I'm brave... see post
Unruly irritation
Okay! Pre-Cleansing and shaving with coconut oil and water, cleansing with ole's aloe cleanser, then sodium PCA with rose water and glycerin applied after dabbing face dry to tone, then ole's truth serum with some additional absorption time, then neutrogena break out free sunscreen, then olay's sensitive moisutrizer mixed with two drops pure argan oil for extra hydration. Doing this same routine at night but instead of serum and sunscreen I treat with Retin-A and moisturize with First Aid Beauty Ultra Repair Cream.     My skin just won't calm down, I know it may seem like I'm over-doing it but just a few hours later my skin is flaky, dry, and irritated! I read all my ingredients and make sure everything's alcohol free and as calming as possible but no matter what I do these breakouts are really just horribly irritated shave bumps followed by unquenchable dry patches with an oily t-zone.   Taking care of my skin has been something I've been proud of since I was fourteen, sunscreen everyday and hour long bathroom skin routines. No matter what I do or try the unevenness, the acne, the irritation, the dryness, the oiliness, etc IT WON'T STOP    Please help  
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Sephora now carries the Foreo Luna!
Lots of BTers were asking for this in a previous you go! kin-P384602?skuId=1592880 384603?skuId=1592872 in-P384604?skuId=1592864
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FYI, FOREO and LELO are the same company. I was at a spa industry conference and they passed around a FOREO, which immediately reminded me of LELO. When I asked for the ... see post
Okay, might be a REALLY stupid question,but....... What are the primary differences between the Mia 1,2, &3 and the Arial, etc.?????? I read reviews that refer to one working so much better then the other & I need to get one for myself and my daughter, but want to get the right one and not just the most expensive one. Need help,especially before XMas
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It's not a stupid question at all, they so confoozing!   First, let's start with the 60 second timer feature since I'm going to referring to it a lot. It's basically a... see post
Algenist retinol firming lifting serum
I am 26 year old with a dry-combination skin. I experience occasional acne. My dermatologist prescribed me Ziana gel, which clears my skin. However the Ziana gel is too drying and irritated for my skin because of the high concentration of retinol.  I am wondering will the algenist retinol firming lifting serum be good for me? For those you have used it, did you liked it? what are the benefits you got from using it?
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Have you tried cutting back your usage of the prescription to just a few times a week & adding a more intense moisturizer?  I've been on prescription retinol & the OTC ... see post
In desperate need of an hydrating serum and daily moisturizer
I am 26 year old with dry-combination skin. My skin is extremely dehydrated right now, it is my main skin concern. I really need a day time hydrating moisturizer and serum 
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i have extremely dry skin. prone to eczema and very problematic my entire life. the only moisturizer i have ever found that really works to deeply hydrate my skin is mur... see post
How Do You Know When You're Clean Enough Wiihout Overwashing Yourself?
I hate to admit that I'm a perfectionist, so cleaning gets me going "loco" whenever I'm cleaning myself (and even other things too), to the point where I always end up unknowingly overwashing/overcleaning myself, as I always feel like it isn't clean enough until I can feel that all of the soup suds had been fully washed off, making cleaning become totally exhausting and tiresome for me! As well as, I didn't realize that this would lead to being a troublesome problem in getting "Atopic Eczema" that was just diagnosed by my physician today, as it just started showing serious symptoms that arose from about a month ago. So now, in order to keep myself from unconsciously overwashing myself once again, what should I do? Any advice would be much appreciated! Thanks!
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Hi!  Maybe you can describe your washing technique.  Are there specific areas where you are experiencing your eczema?  Any further information will help us to compare wh... see post
Pure Argan Milk™ Intensive Hydrating Treatment
I am 26 year old and my skin type is dry-combination ( extremely dry during the winter). I am actually using the Nude purifying moisturizer but it is too light and does not hydrate my skin.  My skin is really dehydrated, so I must get a new moisturizer.  Do you think the Pure Argan Milk™ Intensive Hydrating Treatment will be for my skin? Do you have any suggestions to give me?
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I posted this product today already, but I don't mind saying it again! Try this product!   I AM ... see post
Glamglow thirstymud hydration treatment
Hello, I have dry-combination skin, and it is so dehydrated. I am really looking for something to replenish my skin. Many people are raving about the glamglow thirstymud treatment.  For those who have used it. Did you like it or not
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I think i will buy the .5oz for $19 and see how i like it. If it is not worth the price, I think I will just go with the Arcona Wine Hydrating Mask. It is half the price... see post
I am really interested about the fact that the perricone blue plasma target dead skin cell. Dead skin on my face is my major concern. For those who used it ? Did you notice any good results? Is it worth the price. I have a dry-combination skin with post acne dark sports. 
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HALL OF FAMER beauty2sample / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm almost done with my bottle of Blue Plasma.  The good side--I've had no adverse effects, it goes on nicely, and there is no bad scent to it.  However, unfortunately, ... see post
ok, so i've been thinking of what 'angle' to take for this thread. i'm not talking anything too hardcore, here. but i figured it could be a thread that inspires and informs the little "treats" we can give to our skin with the products a lot of us have at home.   with the massive shift in weather this past week, my skin freaked out. it was so, so thirsty, as the cool air mixed with dry blasts of hot hair sucked all the moisture out. it was a double whammy for me because this cold front coincided with my skin's most vulnerable time of the month (if ya catch my drift).   so when i got home from work yesterday, to work. i wanted to hydrate hydrate hydrate, and soooothe. this is what i used:     took makeup off with a balm. shown here is my usual clinique take the day off balm--i ended up using my boots botanics balm as it's just a bit more rich, which is what i wanted for these purposes. any balm would do though ! removed with warm water and a washcloth. dried skin then second cleansed with an oily non-foamy cleanser. my current FAVORITE cleanser, NUDE  omega jelly. god i love it. massaged for a couple minutes then rinsed. (not pictured, but) i think did a VERY LIGHT exfoliation to ensure my skin was rid of any dead skin hanging about after being dried out. i used AVEDA botanical kinetics exfoliant (a liquid with salicylic acid) PETER THOMAS ROTH cucumber mask. what i love about this mask is how soothing it is. it's NOT hardcore. i put this on then proceeded to watch a movie or something. you can leave it on for as long as you'd like. i think i had it on for 30-45 minutes. then i took it off with lukewarm water and a wash cloth. my skin already felt so. much. better. i then used my new murad hydrating toner. i could've used this before the mask. but what's cool about it is that it helps your skin retain moisture as well as help balance pH levels. but any sort of hydrating toner / floral spritz would do. (caudalie beauty elixir, a rose water, etc) serum. i wanted to use a "hydra" serum--any sort of serum that helps with retaining water. i used this vichy aqualia thermal. caudalie s.o.s thirst quenching serum is also fantastic. oil -- i used my beloved clarins blue orchid oil. i put it on my drier cheeks, but actually...i also used it for a bit of spot treatment. i was getting a pimple below my lip, and now, no more pimple ! moisturizer. as my skin was severely dehydrated (rather than dry) i used my aveda botanical kinetics moisturizer: the first ingredient is water (hydrating) and the second ingredient is aloe (soothing).  hours later i spritzed some beauty elixir and applied more moisturizer before bed. and today my skin is back to normal !!   so...this is a sort of routine you can loosely follow (plug in whatever products into the steps) if you're skin is needing a bit of help with feeling tight / dry / thirsty.   i'd like this to be a sort of thread people can use for a reference to see others' product recommendations or methods. all skins are different, so what are your tricks ?
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I have oily skin thats not sensitive but needs good hydration thats growing out of its acne prone phase. I still break out once a wk depending on my sleep/stress le... see post
skin care sets
I am looking for a skin care set that would work for my mother, she has sensitive and combination skin. Any suggestions?
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Hi Jcarb, REN and First Aid Beauty are great skin care lines for sensitive skin.   The REN Sensitive Skin Set would be a great option, as well as the First Aid Bea... see post
Smart Profile Review
After a month-ish of using the new Smart Profile, that was generously gifted to me through Clarisonic and Sephora’s Beauty Talk, I have come to the unfortunate conclusion that the Smart Profile is subpar compared to my Aria in most ways.   Speeds: I don’t use the 3rd speed on my the Aria very much so I didn’t care much for the 4th speed or the Turbo blast, the turbo is nice for feet though, if you use it for that purpose.   Smart Brush Head: Do not prefer this brush head. It is similar to the normal brush. I honestly dig the new Radiance brush head.  I don’t understand the perk of an RFID brush. The website indicates that its a " individually programmed with protocols that automatically engage when the device is powered on.” I take that as, it changes speeds so you don’t have to push the button, even if you don’t want it to change speeds. So the whole point of this device was rendered useless to me. You cannot program it, only with continual use it programs itself.  I am doubtful of its accuracy because I use my device differently depending how my skin feels that day/season.   Stand: I definitely prefer the Aria stand. The stand it comes with feels very cheap, weighs less and is a drastically different design than the Aria’s. Its also harder to place in the holder when your hands are wet. I had to lay it down on a towel, dry my face and hands, then put it up. May not seem like a big deal, but it was kind of annoying.   Charger: same.   Other cons: Is not compatible with the extension handle. This was a huge reason that I wanted this device, so I could use it on my back in the shower. I bought a kit off the Clarisonic website and viola! doesn’t fit. I didn’t like the Refreshing face gel cleanser.   Pro : I enjoyed trying out the body brush despite above mentioned. I also enjoyed the body scrub that accompanied the device. The charge on this device lasts forever.   I hated writing this because I felt so lucky and grateful to have received it. If you need more manual exfoliation than the 3 speeds on the ARIA and PLUS, then this may be the device for you. Everyone experiences things differently, hope my experience can help someone! 
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I do like the luxe/spa facial feel of Clarisonic, I don't use it daily (I chemically exfoliate daily). Thanks for the positive feedback! This went way better than I'd ho... see post
Do I to add more hydration to my skin
I am 26 year old and my skin type is dry-combination My skin concerns : occasional acne, uneven skin tone, dulness My life style: I go to school 3 times a week, and the rest of my time i am home. I do not work because I have a Student Visa, and I am not allowed to work unless I apply for a working authorization. So most of my time I am home. My current skin regiment Cleanse   -Clarisonic Mia 2 ( once a day, at night )   -OH African Red Tea Cleanser ( twice a day) Toner   -Arcona Cramberry Toner AM moisturizer    -Nude Puriying daily moisturizer Treatment (PM only and i alternate between two)   -OH Invigorating night treatment   -Caudalie Detox Oil  PM moisturizer    -Fresh Seaberry Oil (on top of the OH invigorating treatment)    DURING THE DAY, I FEEL LIGHT MY MOISTURIZER IS TOO LIGHT, AND MY SKIN FEELS TIGHT. MY QUESTION IS DO I NEED TO ADD A PRODUCT THAT IS MORE HYDRATING TO MY SKIN LIKE A MASK, OR A SERUM. IF YES PLEASE GIVE ME SOME SUGGESTIONS ABOUT I SHOULD USE  
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Good luck!  I would try cutting back on clarisonic for now and instead using a chemical exfoliant.  I hope you see good results.  :-) see post