What's your nightly, skincare routine? Feel free to ask me any questions about any of the products I use or reasons why I use them! About me: Soon to be 28, Upstate NY climate, combo skin that's becoming more "normal". Night routine: Cleanser: I switch it up between GlamGlow "Youthcleanse", Ole Henriksen and Cliniques green bottle. I use to use Murad and I loved it! I think I'm going to buy some more because I don't think I quite using it for any reason. Essence: Yes,this is an Asian skincare step, feel free to ask if you're not sure what I'm talking about. Missha's "Time Revolution". Toner: Biologique Recherché famous "Lotion P50" , phenol free version. When I feel like I need more Salicylic acid, I will apply Clinique's "Acne Solutions Clarifying Toner" on top of the BR "lotion P50" Serum: Algenist "Genius C Serum" around eyes and whole forehead. Ole Henriksen "Truth Serum" on my cheeks, chin and nose. Algenist= super expense but awesome with the wrinkles/lines. Ole Henriksen- super plumping, evens out skin tone, but not great for lines . Retinol: 2-3x a week I skip the Genius C Serum and use Paula's Choice "1% retinol" mixed with my moisturizer. I read somewhere that the Retinol and Vitamin C Serum work effectively at different PH levels, so in order to not cancel them out, you shouldn't use them together. No idea if this is true but I'm not going to experiment when Algenist's Genius serum is $115 an oz. Moisturizer: Cerave PM- hyaluronic acid, ceramides and niacinimide- yeah, all for less than $15 a bottle. LOVE. In the winter, I layer Nature Republics "Super Aqua Max Combination Watery Cream" on top of my moisturizer. I will also use this alone during the summer time when I need cooling hydration.
I recently shared a bargain on the Deals thread for PocketDerm, a service I started using recently. I know several BT members were curious about it, so I'm starting this thread to share my experience, my ongoing results, and so on. Feel free to ask questions, chime in if you're using PocketDerm, and share your experiences and results if you decide to start! My PocketDerm Discovery Spoiler (Highlight to read) I was reading the FutureDerm blog which often has posts about teledermatology (dermatologists practicing remotely, using patient-supplied photos to diagnose and prescribe), and I became curious and went on a Google jag (anyone else do this?). I stumbled upon a Reddit AMA with the founders of PocketDerm-- two dermatologists who seemed determined to make dermatology more accessible. I thought the idea was brilliant, so I checked out the site. I attempted to sign up, but it wasn't available in my state yet (the dermatologists need to acquire licensure in every state in which they offer services). I requested that PocketDerm contact me when it was available in Virginia, and I received notification six months later. I signed up without hesitation. I was reading the FutureDerm blog which often has posts about teledermatology (dermatologists practicing remotely, using patient-supplied photos to diagnose and prescribe), and I became curious and went on a Google jag (anyone else do this?). I stumbled upon a Reddit AMA with the founders of PocketDerm-- two dermatologists who seemed determined to make dermatology more accessible. I thought the idea was brilliant, so I checked out the site. I attempted to sign up, but it wasn't available in my state yet (the dermatologists need to acquire licensure in every state in which they offer services). I requested that PocketDerm contact me when it was available in Virginia, and I received notification six months later. I signed up without hesitation. How PocketDerm Works Spoiler (Highlight to read) In the beginning, you must choose from either Acne treatment or Anti-Aging treatment; if you feel you require both, PocketDerm recommends subscribing to the Acne treatment service and talking with your assigned dermatologist about making your prescription reflect your interest in anti-aging as well. You submit a minimum of three photos of your face: two profile shots, and face-forward shot. You complete a personal history, outlining your current medications, skin care routine, previous use of dermatological prescriptions, and any concerns you may have. Your dermatologist looks at your photos, requests more if necessary, asks questions, and either prescribes a PocketDerm medication or sends an Rx to your pharmacy. You submit new photos every 90 days. You can contact your dermatologist with any questions you have along the way. You can customize shipment frequency to your specifications. It costs $20 a month (billed $60 every three months) to cover a formal consultation, all questions and troubleshooting, and a customized medication. It costs a different amount if you'd prefer only the consultation and the Rx from your pharmacy. In the beginning, you must choose from either Acne treatment or Anti-Aging treatment; if you feel you require both, PocketDerm recommends subscribing to the Acne treatment service and talking with your assigned dermatologist about making your prescription reflect your interest in anti-aging as well.You submit a minimum of three photos of your face: two profile shots, and face-forward shot. You complete a personal history, outlining your current medications, skin care routine, previous use of dermatological prescriptions, and any concerns you may have.Your dermatologist looks at your photos, requests more if necessary, asks questions, and either prescribes a PocketDerm medication or sends an Rx to your pharmacy.You submit new photos every 90 days.You can contact your dermatologist with any questions you have along the way.You can customize shipment frequency to your specifications.It costs $20 a month (billed $60 every three months) to cover a formal consultation, all questions and troubleshooting, and a customized medication. It costs a different amount if you'd prefer only the consultation and the Rx from your pharmacy. My Experience and Current Results Spoiler (Highlight to read) I chose anti-aging treatment and was assigned to Dr. Satur. I have to say that I abuse her! What I mean is, I contact her a lot. Anytime I'm interested in a new product, I consult her about whether it will work with my medication. She is so helpful! I initially told her I had been using Paula's Choice 1% Retinol, so she started me on a higher percentage of tretinoin to start. The formula was very gentle, but I still started by applying it every other night to work up my tolerance. My skin took to the medication like a champ, and I requested a tretinoin boost the very next consultation. I'm at 0.07% now, and my skin is very happy! So far, with my five months of using their medication, I have noticed a reduction in fine lines. It's not drastic, but it's definite. More results than I've seen from any other anti-aging product. I even noticed a reduction in blemishes and scars, and when I do get the occasional (hormonal) pimple, it heals quickly. I'm definitely sticking with this stuff. I'll post photos once I muster the guts! I chose anti-aging treatment and was assigned to Dr. Satur. I have to say that I abuse her! What I mean is, I contact her a lot. Anytime I'm interested in a new product, I consult her about whether it will work with my medication. She is so helpful! I initially told her I had been using Paula's Choice 1% Retinol, so she started me on a higher percentage of tretinoin to start. The formula was very gentle, but I still started by applying it every other night to work up my tolerance. My skin took to the medication like a champ, and I requested a tretinoin boost the very next consultation. I'm at 0.07% now, and my skin is very happy! So far, with my five months of using their medication, I have noticed a reduction in fine lines. It's not drastic, but it's definite. More results than I've seen from any other anti-aging product. I even noticed a reduction in blemishes and scars, and when I do get the occasional (hormonal) pimple, it heals quickly. I'm definitely sticking with this stuff. I'll post photos once I muster the guts! Starting PocketDerm Spoiler (Highlight to read) If you're interested in using PocketDerm for the first time, you can get your first month free if you find someone with a referral link. You can certainly PM me if you'd like to use mine, or you can google bloggers who use it and review it-- they will likely have the one month free offer available, too. Also, if more people sign up on here, you can PM your favorite BT member and ask for theirs! Either way, make sure you take advantage of that free month. I hope this doesn't read like an infomercial. I'm really just over the moon about my results, and I think a lot of BT members would love this service. If you're interested in using PocketDerm for the first time, you can get your first month free if you find someone with a referral link. You can certainly PM me if you'd like to use mine, or you can google bloggers who use it and review it-- they will likely have the one month free offer available, too. Also, if more people sign up on here, you can PM your favorite BT member and ask for theirs! Either way, make sure you take advantage of that free month.I hope this doesn't read like an infomercial. I'm really just over the moon about my results, and I think a lot of BT members would love this service.
Hi all! This is super embarrassing but I really don't know where else to ask! So I've been noticing that my legs have all of these red bumps on them. Mostly on my thighs but it goes down to my calves as well. They are also extremely itchy! Sometimes I can't sleep because they itch so much and on of my legs I made it bleed. I have started to shave less hoping that it was razor burn but that has not helped at all. I have also been putting on lotion like crazy hoping it was due to dry skin, but again... nothing! Anyone else have this problem and find a cure? It's getting worse and worse and it's getting embarrassing, especially with summer coming up
I went recently on vacation with a couple of friends so we got plenty of time to discuss our makeup and skin care routines. I found out one of them uses rubbing alcohol directly on her face after cleansing and my other friend I were quite shocked to be honest but she shut us up and told us it works amazingly for her skin and if she doesn’t use it, she breaks out terribly. I’d like to explain to her that is bad for her skin but I don’t know how so I’m asking you lovely BTers for a little help. Thanks in advance, Yackie.
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!
So i've been eyeing this kit for a few days now.WIth the sale it comes about to be about $41. I know this is a good deal for the amount of product but I want to know what people think of the products in this kit. I struggle with acne and sensitive skin so I do have to be careful with the products i use. I already use the purity cleanser and am almost out and i use the glamglow white cleanser every other night. Just want to see other opinions! 1.69 oz Sephora Collection Waterproof Eye Makeup Remover - 3.38 oz Caudalie Make-Up Remover Cleansing Water - 0.5 oz Nude Skincare Perfect Cleanse Nourishing Cleansing Oil - 1.7 oz Boscia Makeup-Breakup Cool Cleansing Oil - 1.7 oz Fresh Soy Face Cleanser - 1 oz Origins Checks and Balances™ Frothy Face Wash - 2 oz Philosophy Purity Made Simple - Ole Henriksen African Red Tea Foaming Cleanser™ - 0.5 oz GLAMGLOW POWERMU™ Dualcleanse Treatment - 1.5 oz Algenist GENIUS Ultimate Anti-Aging Melting Cleanser - 0.36 oz Boscia Tsubaki Oil-Infused Exfoliating Powder - Boscia Mini Konjac Cleansing Sponge Also i don't know what happened to the title lol
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 (makeup removal) NUDE SKINCARE perfect cleanse omega cleansing jelly (skin cleanser) toners (acids & hydrating) FIRST AID BEAUTY facial radiance pads (AHA) CAUDALIE beauty elixir (moisture) MURAD essential-c toner (moisture) oils and serums CLARINS blue orchid facial oil TATA HARPER nutrient replenishing complex (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; great for summer) FIRST AID BEAUTY ultra repair instant oatmeal mask (hydrates /soothes; fantastic for winter) 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: TATA HARPER replenishing nutrient complex (oil) added ! TATCHA cleansing oil can't believe i'm saying this but: it broke me out ???? or it was unlucky timing, but i'm too scared to keep using it. NUDE SKINCARE miracle mask (exfoliating / brightening)** i love this mask. i don't think it'll be HG though as i generally prefer the REN. they're pretty interchangeable though. i consider it a very close 1st runner up ! 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 4/1/15
Hi, I'm 37 and have always had dark circles under my eyes. I suffer from seasonal allergies but this is hereditary too. I use Dior Hydra Life BB eye cream to cover my dark circles but with the sale coming up want some suggestions on eye creams/treatments/serums that have worked in the past for you. My problem is I have a hard time committing for the amount of time it takes to see results but I really need to cop on and just take the plunge already! Any suggestions? Thanks!
It's called "Vivo Per Lei skincare", I went to a mall kiosk, and this salesman was pushing it at me and it did seem to work. But it was only on my hand, and I'm afraid of breakouts which the product could cause me (because I have sensitive skin). Has anyone else tried this product?
I really love to use exfoliating cleansers. I truly loved, loved, loved the Laura Mercier, Flawless Skin Face Polish, and gave used it for about 4 years. I was so very disappointed that it has been discontinued. I would like to know, has this product only been discontinued in the Sephora stores or by Laura Mercier completely? When I found out I could no longer get this product I started looking around on this web site and I found, "exfoliating powders", there were only a few of these powders but they were quite pricy! Then I found the Sephora brand...Metamorphosis Exfoliating Powder, only to find out that this has been discontinued! I bought one of the jars, immediately went home and tried it, then went back and bought 3 more jars and if I see a jar in the stores ever again, I will buy it until they are completely gone from the stores! This powder is so great! You can mix it with your regular cleanser and you can even mix it with a little bit of water! It is even better than the Laura Mercier product that I used for so long. Now I have to find another exfoliating product! I'm guessing that these 2 products are being discontinued because of poor sales...that's just to bad...they were so good!
I had a bad reaction to using self tanner on my face. It was my first time using one ever. I cleansed and dried then applied to my face and it immediately started turning bright red! I used Tarte Brazilliance Face & Body. Anyone have any insight on what I may be allergic to? I have only had a small reaction in the past to a serum and lotion that did not mix well on my face. Thanks!
In preparation for my mom's bday brunch this spring, I want to buy her something that will help diminish her aging spots that are really bothering her. She has fair colored skin with light brown spots, and she has been wanting to do something about it that doesn't require lasers. Any advice would be great! Thanks
Hi! So, I've been trying a sample of the GlamGlow Supercleanse Daily Clearing Cleanser since I'm in the market for a new cleanser. I have combination/oily/sensitive skin and my chin gets easily congested (I know it's hormonal based and I am taking birth control for it, but it still gets congested). I can get cystic pimples pretty easily there. After using it for 3-4 days at night only, I've been getting a pretty bad reaction to it. My whole face burns, and bumps are appearing on my face with some white heads too. The area around my lips also became super dry. Anyone else have this kind of reaction to it? I've also been trying Thirstycleanse and that hasn't given me any reaction at all, it's quite nice actually.
I have been using Sunday Riley luna sleeping oil for almost 2 months now, and I really like it. Now I am interested in trying Sunday Riley Good genes. I heard it work well with Luna. However I also heard that deeper skin tone should not use gycolic or lactic peel. My skin tone is tan-dark, and since Good Genes is 40% lactic acid, I am wondering if I can still use it. I combination skin type which tends to be really oily during the summer. My skin is not sensitive
New GlamGlow Flashmud mask to be released this summer in June according to the sneak peak/tease that was posted on their facebook page!!! UPDATE!!! GlamGlow facebook page just posted a link to a InStyle dot com review on this product. Some of the things they wrote are: "Flashmud is jam-packed with potent ingredients like white birch leaf, white wild rose flower, lactic acid derived from sugarcane, and white peony root among many other glow-inducing actives, which give an immediate luminous effect as soon as you wash the mask off." "The mud itself has tiny exfoliating granules blended into the formula, which act as a pre-mask scrub; you can literally work the mud in circular motions on your face to open your pores and allow more ingredients to be absorbed, then allow your complexion to soak in its magic for 10 minutes" What are your thoughts ?
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, i...got 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 ?
Skin story: Oily T-zone, but since Im prone to acne, I tend to overindulge in cleansers/creams (w/ Salicylic acid) that leave my skin crazy dry. To combat my mistakes in life, I rely on cleansing milks to remove my makeup and leave my skin soft and moisturized. I used to be an avid user of boascia's cleansing milk, but that line got discontinued. I then started using sephora soothing milk cleanser. It was ok.. but I wasn't in love. Now I'm searching for a new milk cleanser. Below are what I'm considering. What's your vote? What other suggestions do you have? Candidates: Ren ever calm, Clinque cleansing milk, Caudalie, Bliss clog dissolving. ***needs to remove make up and moisturized skin. Thanks! xx
I recently purchased some Boscia oil blotting that were lavender scented. All I can say is ewwwww..... I expected them to be lightly scented, but they were so overpowering. Now, I looooooove the smell of lavender normally, but these smelled terribly. My lesson: unscented blotting sheets from now on. Wassup with having them scented anyway? They're just to blot oil. Hmm?
I am looking for a face serum that i can use during the night. My skin type is combination, and I have occasional breakouts and few discolorations. My main is concern is texture, my skin has uneven texture. I have already use the Ole henriksen truth serum, but it did not work because i am allergic to high dose of vitamin c. I am thinking about the Sunday Riley Good Genes, the Estee Lauder Night Repair and the Algenist Lifting and Firming Serum. Which one should I pick? Do you have any other suggestions for me? Thank you
Around this past Christmas and Black Friday I spent several hundred dollars on vamping up my skincare routine, I bought lots of sets from Sephora as well as a few other companies, one of the biggest product regrets I had was changing my eye makeup remover. I tried one from Sephora, one from Caudalie, one from Fresh and I absolutely hated them all. I just ended up going back to my original form of removal which is coconut oil. However, I hate this too because its such a big jar. Sigh. Anyone else have product nightmare stories they want to share? doesn't necessarily have to be skincare, my second biggest regret purchase was the Benefit They're Real Mascara.
with the popularity of the "skincare regrets" thread, i thought i'd make a post discussing "gateway" products that contributed to your learning what your skin likes. i have a few. for cleanser, the BOOTS botanics hot cloth balm was a revelation for me because it was the first time i tried a balm cleanser--and essentially any sort of cleanser that didn't leave my skin tight and stripped. it completely shifted my perspective of approaching skincare as skin care rather than skin punish . the AVEDA botanical kinetics exfoliant was my first acid toner i used after cleansing / before moisturizer and i saw a marked improvement. i now use primarily AHAs rather than the BHA (salicylic acid) that is in the AVEDA, but upon my first purchase i didn't even really know the difference. i was soon down the rabbit hole that is skincare and lastly, KIEHL'S midnight recovery concentrate was the first facial oil i'd ever used. it taught me my skin liked oils--and i stopped searching for only oil-free products. i woke up with skin feeling supple and i thought "ohhhhh" . i also applied it directly to a in-the-skin-never-completely-goes-away spot on my chin. within 2 hours it came to a head and i never saw it again. this eventually led me to my beloved CLARINS blue orchid oil. and the rest is history. how about you ?
Currently the most coveted products in my skincare line are Clinique's Moisture Surge and Tarte's Maracuja Oil. I love them both dearly, but I am looking to branch out into other products. Can be high end, or low end, I'm just looking to find my true HG. What's your Holy Grail and why?
My eyelids freaked out! They looked like I had pink eyeshadow on and started to flake. I have no idea why….no new eye cream or concealer…and only on the top not bottom lid. I suspect an old sample of eye shadow a very nice SA at another store, not Sephora, gave me. The last of a totally prized and long out of stock eye shadow. It probably houses a whole civilization. Anyone else have odd, non-recuring and inexplainable beauty issues (or even a crisis) and how did you solve it. I used oil on my lids which made my eyes water for a few minutes but fixed the problem.
My latest skincare obsession..I absolutely love this stuff! The pumpkin mask came as part of a set of 3 masks that included a cell-renewing rose mask and a cucumber mask. Honestly the others aren't nearly as effective and if I'd known the pumpkin mask was so good I would've just purchased it alone. Nevertheless at the time the bundle was on sale for like $35 which was a great value because each mask was 1.7oz. Anyway, no store-bought item has ever felt this way on my face! I use the pumpkin mask once a week after cleaning my face and I get this amazing tingle similar to when I have a clinical peel done on my face. Not to mention the exfoliating properties are amazing considering there's no need for you to do this aggressive scrubbing to your face. I smooth it on, leave it for about 5 minutes and wash it off. My face instantly feels smoother, cleaner and looks clearer. I follow up immediately with moisturizer or I'll use the cucumber mask afterwards if my face feels a little tender. I was thinking maybe it might not be so great for someone with sensitive skin but overall I think it's amazing for someone like me who wears makeup everyday, has oily skin and enlarged & clogged pores. I hope this product never gets discontinued...did I mention it really smells like pumpkin!!
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