Skincare Stories
Hi everyone!   So it's been, like forever, since I last posted on here.  Oh, how I've missed this beauty realm!  Anyway, I have an interesting topic I'd like to share and hear your thoughts on!   I grew up as the niece of a Mary Kay consultant, and from day one I was always told that every beauty regimen consisted of "cleansing, toning, and moisturizing".  In attempts to combat my acne-prone skin, I researched and researched the best ways to achieve clear skin and realized that toning isn't always the key to healthy, acne-free skin--everyone's skin is different, and sometimes being too harsh or using products that are too drying can actually CAUSE acne.  I had finally found a routine and products that worked and, through trial-and-error, discovered ingredients that aggravate my skin (which I now avoid).  Before, I had been using Murad's AHA/BHA Exfoliating Cleanser twice a day (I can already hear the gasps) and my skin was clearer than it had been in a while and my skin seemed to tolerate the exfoliation.  However, I'm moving to Florida in three weeks and was just recently there to scout out the area.  MAN, had I forgotten how HOT, HUMID, and MUGGY it is! Phew!! Guess what happened?  Of course my skin was constantly oily, and instantly began to break out.  And my Murad cleanser instantly seemed to stop helping and began aggravating my skin.  So when I returned home (Ohio), I realized that I really need to rethink my skincare routine and LISTEN to my skin.   ANYWAY, long story short, I re-visited my toner, Sea Breeze Original Formula.  I used this long ago, but stopped due to the fact that I was afraid of drying out my skin too much and therefore causing my skin to produce too much oil and therefore creating acne.  **ugh, the deadly cycle**.  So I've been using a gentle cleanser morning and night, followed by my Sea Breeze toner (I hate that they call it an *astringent* sounds so....harsh), followed by a gentle, basic moisturizer or my beloved Argan Oil.   Honestly, my skin improved overnight.  So I wondered, am I really CLEANING my skin enough?  Today, I experimented with just that!  I had nothing to do today (and by nothing, I mean NOTHING!) So that meant no makeup, nada. I cleansed, toned, and moisturized this morning at around 9:00.  It's 7:00 pm now and I was feeling grimy, so I cleansed my face then just took a few cotton rounds and toner and swiped them on my face.   OH. MY. GOSH....THE DIRT!!! It's unbelievable!! And this is from literally doing anything and not wearing any makeup!!! I'm just stunned by how much dirt and grime my toner and cotton pad were able to pick up, and it has really made me reconsider the methods in which we "clean" our face.  I know toners aren't for everyone, and I've been against them ever since I did my research on clearing acne-prone skin.  But my golly, I'm just stunned so I had to share this with you all, pictures included!!  I used it several times, the first cotton round being the first swipe, and the last one being a clean, un-used one (just so you can see the difference).   How do you feel about toners, and if you use 'em, which ones do you prefer?   P.S.  Sorry for the super. Incredibly. Long. Post.  It's been way too long, and I felt the need to be thorough.  Plus, as I said, I had NOTHING to do today, which equals boredom.  Which equals this post.  
My skin is darker on some places on my body like my neck and my knees, elbows and underarms. How do I remove those dark spots, or reset it to be the same colors with the rest of my body? Spoiler (Highlight to read)    
I'm thinking of having a chemical peel done at the doctors office. I have some sun damage, discoloration, and a few wrinkles that I would like to see gone. Has anyone had this done by a professional? If so what was your experience?   I use the Dr. Gross Alapha Beta Peel Extra Strength Formula every evening and my face seems to respond well - it doesn't irritate my skin but it does leave it brighter and more smooth.   What do you think?
I was wondering what moisturizer is best for skin that is flaking b/c of Retin-A and additional acne medications. I'm looking for something that is fragrance free, won't cause additional irritation, and will combat the dryness that results from my prescriptions. Any suggestions?
I am always on the hunt for a great face mask! Which do you guys love the most?   I have tried:   FIRST AID BEAUTY Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay- Wasn't impressed. Didn't see a difference in my skin, even though people rave about this product.   FRESH Black Tea Instant Perfecting Mask- I like it!  It makes your face very very soft, but I don't think that's worth the $88 price tag considering that my face is always naturally soft and slightly oily. If your face is dry or rough you may love this one.   ORIGINS Clear Improvement Active Charcoal Mask- I like this so far. Decent Mask.   GLAMGLOW Supermud Clearing Treatment- I had high hopes for this one! I found it to be OK and SLIGHTLY improved the pores/blackheads on the apples of my cheeks. Still on the fence about whether or not it's a keeper though.   *Forgot to add: WEI Golden Root Purifying Mud Mask - LOVE this stuff. Didn't irritate my skin and it feels absolutely luxurious on your face. However, not sure if it does much for trouble areas but rather just to overall calm the skin.   Any suggestions for large pores, blackheads, or hyperpigmentation? Let's talk faces
hello   i already search for a set of skin care but i found a lot of products and i dont know which one best for me   my skin is Pale  and tried i need some thing good for vitality and Rejuvenates some hing have a Vitamin C . I think that my skin is a mixed but you need to moisturize because it is dry . YOUR ADVISE      
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.
Hi ladies, I've always been wary about trying facial oils or serums, but I just recently tried the Josie Maran Argan oil that I've had forever the other night and when I woke up I was shocked to see that my acne had cleared up and my skin was crazy smooth. I couldn't believe it took me so long to try it. I heard some horror stories about reactions to it, but I must say my skin hasn't looked this good in a long time. I'm glad I finally got to try this product and will be forming my own opinions about products instead of making judgements before I try them. Everyones skin is different and I think I got lucky trying this.  Has anyone had an experience with a product with many negative reviews but it worked wonders for you? xo, Kelly
how should i take care of my face when i am 23 years old
I recently ordered a $50 set of Nuxe's Huile Prodigieuse through Gilt, which consisted of a 1.7 fl oz bottle of both the original Huile Prodigieuse and the Huile Prodigeuse OR (the one with the shimmer). When I received it in the mail today, I received 2 bottles of the OR. After talking to a customer service rep, they let me keep the 2 bottles as an apology and placed an order for the original set at no additional cost. So, essentially I got 4 bottles of Nuxe's oil for the price of 1 -- already discounted -- Gilt set. That's $50 for 1 bottle of the original and 3 of the OR -- a savings of $96 off their original price.  Amazing.  I've never had any issues with shipping with them before until now, but I'm so amazed by how generous they were with their mistake. I just thought I'd share since it was kind of exciting for me...  
I have huge pores...They are terrible craters you can see under my skin. I try *everything*. Face washes, I exfoliate regularly, Pore strips, clay masks. I even bought Origins charcoal mask specifically for pores. Plus every at home remedy you can imagine. I have an extractor but my blackheads are back daily. My blackheads are constantly visible on my nose. Please...Help? 
So I've checked this topic and a lot of them refer to people who are much older than I am (50's and 60's). I'm relatively young (23), have already lost about 50 pounds in a few years, and I'm looking to lose the other 50 this year. I REALLY don't want to be left with loose and sagging skin afterwards. I already have some stretch marks (doesn't look too bad if I'm a bit tan). But I definitely want to take care of it now. Has anyone used any skin tightening products or anything that prevents stretch marks, boosts collagen production etc?   I know that I must stay hydrated, strength train, and stay out of the sun. I'm just looking for the extra step in preventative care and am looking for your suggestions/experiences
I decided to buy Clarisonic, but i was confused which one to buy, mia or mia 2 or aria? I was in between mia or mia2? please suggest me, i don't want to spend some extra bucks just for simple extra things.  
So, for almost a year I've been using three skincare items that my skin at one point and time loved.  However, now it is as if my skin has gone on strike and is having temper tantrums when I use them.  I really love Josie Maran's Light Argan Oil, but it has made me breakout in this horrendous pimples in three separate spots.  I know it was the Argan Oil because I stopped using it several times and went back to it when my face cleared up...I always break out.  The second thing is Fresh's Sugar Lip Treatment.  My lips are always more dry and chapped than they were before I started using it.  I used to be able to wake up with the softest lips ever and now I wake up with split and chapped lips.  The last thing is my Boscia Black Mask.  My pores look abnormally large after using the mask now.   What are three holy grail skin or makeup items that you once loved but now they are on your "do not ever buy again" list?
I have my entire skincare regimen all worked out except for a moisturizer.  I need one for night time that will brighten, tighten and tone my skin.  I need another one for day time that will condition and protect my skin...something with SPF.  I'm set with cleanser, tone, serum, dark spot cream and so on.  I have oily/combo skin and I'm 34 years old.    I would appreciate any suggestions.  I'm also on BeautyLish.   fafi
Hello ladies and gents,   I have been looking for a good face mask. I suffer from acne on certain parts of my face. Lately I've been using benzoyl peroxide products (5%) alongside my Murad Intensive C Radiance Peel, which I've found is helping. It seems i have some deep blackheads and other gunk that I've found it difficult to treat and draw out though. Would Glamglow be a good product to use for this purpose? Or is it an overhyped product and if so, is there anything else that you would recommend??
Hi ladies and gents I am looking to add a cleansing and purifying mask to my skin routine. Right now I am deliberating between the Boscia black mask, Origins Charcoal Mask, and First Aid Beauty's Red Clay Mask. I'd like to hear your opinions on which of these you think is best; they all seem great but I can't decide!! Also if you feel these wouldn't work, I'd love to hear other recommendations. Some background information on my skin: My skin tends to be combination/oily. I suffer from acne, although typically breakouts only happen in clusters on the sides of my face. I've been using 5% benzoyl peroxide cleansers and treatment gels, along with a salicylic acid moisturizer and Murads intensive C Radiance Peel (with the peel being used 1-2 times a week typically). This routine has helped my skin significantly and I'm looking to mainly treat and get rid of blackheads and other gunk beneath the skin to further prevent breakouts with a good mask.
Hi everyone I've heard great reviews about the Sephora Perfection Mist Airbrush Foundation and I can't wait to purchase it, I'm just wondering since its an aerosol based product would I have trouble with it while travelling? or can i just put it in my check in luggage and not worry about it? i know it sounds like a silly question and I know larger aerosol products/perfumes are usually confisticated/banned but I wasn't too sure if this size was okay for carry on! 
So I'm a newbie to self tanning, and despite all of my best efforts at following directions and taking advice (like moisturizing the dryer parts of my skin like my knees) I wound up with a streaky leg and filthy looking feet. Oh yes, and a ruined pedicure!   So I tried to buff off the dirty looking stuff from my feet with scrub and a scrubbie sponge but they still look pretty dirty.  The question is, do I keep scrubbing till all the self tanner is gone and start again or can I try to repair the damage with more at some point?  Same goes for the streak in my leg.   Also, any advice on how to avoid this in the future would be greatly appreciated.  I just invested in a huge bottle of Tarte Brazilliance and would rather use it than return it.  Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.  Thanks!
Everyone has been given bad skincare advice.   Once I was told to even out my sunburn by avoiding any and all sunscreen. Bad advice!
Hi everyone,    I recently started using peels daily (Ole Henrikson Lemon Flash Peel, PTR Peels, etc.) and LOVE them. However, today I was outside and in the sun (but VERY little) and I got fairly sunburned. I know I remember reading that peels and sun don't mix, but I was in the sun very, very little - I was surprised I got so red. (Though admittedly I'm really fair and freckled anyway) How do you combat this, especially in the summer? I'm afraid I may have to stop using the peels altogether.  I'd really appreciate any advice!
Anyone ever use this mask? I have a sample and it has more than a tingle- it's uncomfortable. Is this normal? What brightening masks do you guys use? I don't think I can use this again. 
Hey everyone!   I am so excited, because my mother and I have been gifted a spa day for this Friday! It'll be my first time getting a pro facial done. What should I expect when I go? Clearly I'm not gonna head to the spa with a dolled up face, but is there anything I should talk to my esthetician about prior to the facial? I chose a deep pore cleansing facial, figuring with my combination acne-prone skin it might be the best bet, but I'm a little worried they might use products that end up being too harsh on my skin. Also, how about aftercare in the evening? Should I cleanse, tone and moisturize my face as usual or give it a rest?   I'm so ready to be pampered!
I love this product so much! I wanted to share a tip for having it apply easily. Put a small amount in your palm (pea-sized) and then add a few drops of water to it and rub your hands together. It thins it out and it absorbs into your skin quicker.    
I hormonally break out on my chin. Usually only 1-2 pimples at a time. But when the acne heals, I am left with a red dot/discoloration in its place. So I can be acne free, but have a ton of red spots on my chin area. What is the best way to treat these spots? I should be able to wear a tinted moisturizer and be happy, but with this red discoloration on my chin it isn't going to happen. Any suggestions would be so appreciated!!!!
hey beauty's! happy Saturday to you all! I was very curious about the Boscia luminizing black mask since I saw pbbunny97 mentioned it in one of her videos on youtube and she loves it, and ive heard many good things about it. I also researched it and many people love it, unclogs the pores, yaddyayday. anyway if any of you beauty's have tried it, maybe drop a line?   peace and love,skye <3   P.S isn't that little butterfly on the Sephora homepage just the cutest thing?
Hi guys, are there any of you ever tried NUDE skincare? I just start using their oild treament, I really like. and want to try these two products "Advanced Renewal for face and eyes". I wonder if it's worth to try? or do you have any favorit products that work better for fine line? I have oily/sensetive skin. Thank you
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