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I just started using the Clarisonic Mia and am interested in seeing what everyone does with theirs.   1. Which Clarisionc do you have? 2. How often do you use it? 3. What products work best for you? Cleanser? Exfoliator?  4. What is your skin type?   I hope something like this hasn't already been posted recently. 
I work early mornings 2am's, 3am's sometimes even at midnight. I want to start using a cream before going to bed to keep my skin tight and young! I am 27 yrs old. please advice.
Hello! I'm nearly done with my skincare products, and I need some help choosing! I have had a lot of pimples, black spots, pores, scarring for about 6 years now. The first time I really felt like the products I used were working I used Biotherm Biosource mousse and the toner, serum and moisturizer in the same range. At some point it stopped improving my skin, and I wanted to try something new. The cleanser felt a little bit stripping, but that was the only downside about the cleanser. It felt AMAZING on the skin otherwise. I moved on from Biotherm (even though I still love the brand and products...) and went on to using the Ole Henriksen On the go-cleanser, toner, serum and night creams. They do the job, the cleanser cleanses REALLY well (thumbs up!), but can feel a bit stripping sometimes, and I don't like the anti-aging part of the range because I'm 18 and doesn't need it yet!   Recently I started using tea tree oil on my pimples, and Lush Magnaminty mask/exfoliator. They have done wonders for my skin - love them!  So, a little bit about my skin: Combination, but more oily than dry. Have a lot of pores in the t-zone where I get oily. Get pimples all over my face, but mostly on my chin, cheekbones, and a little bit on my nose. My nose has gotten more oily the past couple of months (because of the warm weather I think...), and it's hard for me to exfoliate or wear make-up over my nose because I get dry+oily at the same time, and the makeup seperates and gets all gross.  How my skin is right now: Pretty oily. Can only use a very,very thin layer of foundation over my nose, but I dont have that many pimples, and the scarring is less visible. I finally feel comfortable (at least compared to before...) not wearing make-up. I've been thinking about Boscia or First Aid Beauty. I prefer all the products to be in the same range. I don't want something too harsh on my skin. I want something light, that will help improve my skin without doing too much, if you know what I mean. For example, I hardly ever use moisturizer on my skin (only after exfoliating, or after a long vacation and a lot of sun-exposure), and I have the softest babyskin - I never get dry skin, and I think that is because I have never been the person to use moisturizer regularly, and my skin produces everything it needs for itself. Anyway, a lot of words here! Do you guys have any recommendations for me? Thank you!
Hello all -   In high school and college, I suffered from really bad cystic and hormonal acne. I used Proactiv during that time and for the most part it helped to clear up those breakouts. However, I feel that after 5 years of using the system, my skin wasn't progressing. I now have uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, hyperpigmentation, and severe post acne scarring. I also get blackheads around my nose and cheek area which are under the skin. I want to extract them, but I'm afraid of further scarring. Most days, I wear foundation (Lancome's Teint Ultra in 430 Bisque C) to conceal my uneven tone and scarring. I decided in January of this year to invest in new skincare products. I stopped using the Proactiv and switched to Clinique's Acne Solutions Kit. Along with the kit, I use the following products:    - Kate Somerville Oil Free Moisturizer (morning and nightly) - Murad Oil Control Mattifier SPF 15 (every day before makeup application) - Kate Somerville ExfoliKate Intensive Exfoliating Treament (2-3 times a week) - Kate Somerville EradiKate Acne Treatment (spot treatment as needed)  - Glam Glow Supermud Clearing Treatment (1-2 times a week, sometimes right after using ExfoliKate)  - Murad Post Acne Spot Lightening Gel (nightly)  While I love all of these products, I find that now in July, my face pretty much looks the same as it did in the beginning of the year. I don't want to feel discouraged, but at the same time I want to trust that investing so much money and time in these products will yield results. I follow beauty bloggers on the Internet, and many of them rave about the Clarisonic. I've been intrigued for many months now and I'm wondering whether I should purchase it. Will this be the answer I'm looking for? Will it finally help me achieve even toned, clear, and bright skin? Can you recommend any other products that deliver visible results? Do I need to stop using one of the above products? Any skin product life savers? Any help, advice, and product recommendations would be fantastic. Thank you so much! 
I just purchased this product today and used it tonight. my skin feels great but the smell is almost unbearable!! Is this normal for this product or could it be the tube I purchased is rancid?
Hi all,   I am 42 and my pigmentation has darkened above my lips which makes me look as if i have a mustache.  What can i use to correct this?     Thanks, Moe412
I have persistently bumpy skin on my forehead.  I've tried using products for acne, and then my skin gets so dry it flakes off!  I think I may need to exfoliate more often, but I'm concerned about irritating my skin.  Any suggestions for a gentle product that may help?
Im pale year round! And I want to be tan every where i dont wanna use lotion or go spray tanning cause im not turning oragne, after a couple times in the tasnning boothe would i turn tan? BTW i burn in the sun/
Currently I'm quite angry with my new Mia.  I didn't realize I purchased a "Pimple Variety Pack" along with it.  I've been using my Mia for a little over a week and I suddenly have a smattering of red bumps across my forehead, dozens of little whiteheads along the sides of my nose and my chin, and worst of all two giant cysts forming.  You know those painful ones you can feel forming under your skin for a couple of days before they turn into giant red cysts?  The ones concealer slides right off of and it doesn't matter cause they're so big anyway?  Yeah those.  I'm getting two, right next to eachother, and right at the edge of my chin.  It looks like I've developed a cleft chin.  Stop laughing.  It's not funny (Well ok it sort of is.  But it's not.  I'm 30 for Pete's sake.)   End of rant.
Hey there beauties! I've been researching When masks and can't decide/tell what is the main differences between them & which I should try. Of the four sold on Sephora's website (The Last Choice, Travelmate, 10:00pm, Makeup Base) I was initially drawn to Travelmate because it sounds so moisturizing, convenient for travel & great for winter months….but when I read the descriptions of the other options they all sound fairly similar. Anyone have experience with these masks & have any recommendations? Thanks!!
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Getting inspiration from princesslondn's post about when you started wearing makeup,,,,, I want to ask what skin care routine is good for pre teens (9-12) and what skin care products and lines you think are gentle enough for these little ladies....p.s ...I have a 9 yr old daughter ,,, though im against makeup at this age but i definitely want to introduce her with some healthy,age appropriate skin care products.
I purchased the Sephora brand Acne-Fighting Mattifying Moisturizer this weekend.  I will be using it in the morning.  Since it contains 2% Salicylic Acid, should I use my serum before or after the moisturizer?  I want to make sure I get the full benefit of the Salicylic Acid, as I have been using the Dermadoctor Ain't Misbehavin' Medicated Acne Control Serum (which also has 2% salicylic acid).  My hopes is the Sephora moisturizer will replace the Dermadoctor, but I have to wait and see how my skin reacts! Thanks for your help!
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Hey! I'm only 22, but I think it's important to start to moisturize and protect the skin under my eyes. I am wondering if anyone knows of an eye cream that would be good for me that also prevents wrinkles. I'm not looking for anything to reduce wrinkles because I don't have any yet! Let me know Thanks!
I recently started using Two Faced BB cream and although I like it, I've started breaking out.  Is this common for this product?  If so, can anyone suggest a good oil free BB cream?  Thanks!!   Melissa
I have little bumps around my Hairline & Nose. They aren't pimples / zits. How do I get rid of them?
I like to "stock up" on skincare products, samples and perfumes. However, my apartment doesn't have AC and can get to be ~80-90 degrees during the day---which is fine for my powder make up, but wouldn't too hot temperature make moisturizers or perfume spoil since they always say to store them in a "dry and cool place"? I can store them in the fridge, but fridge is ~40 degrees, and I'm not sure if very low temperature is bad for them, too? especially perfumes and serums that have lots of vitamins and special ingredients?   What are your thoughts? I know things can go bad when temperature is too high (how high is too high?), but have your skincare, make up or perfume ever went bad because it's too cold or being stored in the fridge?
Is it safe to use benzoyl peroxide and retinol together? I heard they can counteract one another. If this is true, would it be ok to use them together if you wait at least a half hour? Which should go on first?
i have a quick question, the skin around my lips is lighter than my face, is that normal? i used benzol peroxide and proactiv in the past is this from that? How can i reverse it, if i tan in the sun when i go on vacation will it change back the colour? are there any products i can use? thankks
I live in the suburbs of Baltimore where it can get very cold.  I love some color in winter,( as I'm convinced tan looks better than pale, especially in the problems areas where I retain some extra weight).  It's just so exhausting to keep it up when I'm all covered up.  Anybody else live in colder climates and keep up the tan, or do you give it up for the moment?  My skin just lookS and feels so much better with a tan ;-(
How often do you charge your Clarisonic?  I leave mine in the shower and I haven't had to charge in a month, even with regular use.  Just wondering if everyone's is like that?  Should I be charging it more often to maintain the battery?
Is there a mask or serum that targets uneven skintone, oily, and acne prone skin? I've tried the PTR acne clearing gel but no dramatic changes have occured. Recently I've developed acne that emerges as a bump always leaving behind a scar.
What are the best skin care products for someone close to 40?  I want to keep my skin fresh looking and protected!  Thanks!!
So I am need of a new face wash, and thought I'd ask what you guys recommend. So my skin is sensitive/normal/dry. Basically, skin care with fragrances make me break out ( just a small zit or 2, they usually go away fast) , my skin never gets oily, and it gets dry sometimes. I was using aveeno clear complexion foaming cleanser, but I irritates my skin, and I'm concerned with " natural" products now. So, my price range is 0$-15$, and I really appreciate it. Thanks!  
 In the morning my skin around my eyes is dry and rough. Right now I use strivectin eye cream and also Shea Terra Argan Oil and Coffe Bean Oil. They help but really aren't soothing enough. Also I have little bumps that look like blocked pores. I have been to have facials with extractions, but the bumps remain. I really need a good cleanser. I use peeling pads by Phillosophy.  But they haven!t helped. I hope someone can help. I am blind and have type1 diabetes. I have a caregiver during the day and a husband of forty years. My caregiver is great and does my hair and makeup energy day.    
Ok, so aside from Clarasonic, I was wondering what's the most expensive skincare/cosmetic product that you hate because it cost SO much but you keep buying it or is saving up for it because you love it so so much!   You know, some ridiculous moisturizer like La Mer, or lip balm, or foundation, or powder.   For me, I'm curious about Koh Gen Do and SK-II products, but their skincare and powder stuff are sooo expensive.
Hi everyone, I just wanted to share a thought with people who have been struggling with their skin like me.  For the past five years or so, I've been suffering from this weird acne (bumps all over face under the skin), and have tried literally everything on the market, including prescrption treatments.  THOUSANDS worth of useless products.   Even though it seems like NOTHING is working and I'm doomed, I remind myself that I WILL find a solution and I force myself to not lose hope.  I don't know what measures I'll have to take, the money I'll have to spend, or how long it will be, but I know one day that I WILL have the beautiful, clear skin that's hiding beneath this acne of mine.  I REFUSE to lose hope.   There have been so many times I've been frustrated, sad, depressed, ect.  Even moments where I can't stand to look at myself in the mirror.  But I still stay positive.  One of the things that has helped me stay positive are these boards.  All summer (while dealing with this horrific acne, recovering from foot surgery that has left me basically immobile during recovery, and adjusting to a gluten-free diet...yeah, talk about triple wammy) I have become pretty active on here in reading posts and offering my thoughts and suggestions.  It's really refreshing to know that I'm not the ONLY one who has insecurities, and it's so nice to read/hear from people just like me, rather than people who are just trying to make a sale.  So for that, I thank you.  All of you.  For being there to offer me your suggestions, inspire me to step outside my comfort zone, and remind me never to lose hope!   No matter what your battle is, don't lose hope.  When you begin to lose hope, all else fails. 
Hey, I was recently at my local Sephora and was browsing through the skin care section, until I found the section dedicated to Philosophy products. I wanted to make a purchase but I had no idea if Hope in a Jar or Take a Deep Breath moisturizer was better for my skin type. I have oily skin all year long and am not prone to acne. My skin is actually blemish-free until around that time of the month when I get a pimple or two. Is there anyone out there who has tried them both? If so, what is your take on which moisturizer is better for my skin type? Thanks in advance!<3  
You know there are things you should do but don't do, like not removing make up at night etc. What beauty sins are you guilty of? Also, what beauty sins are you proudly not guilty of?   My sin is scrubbing/rubbing too hard. I know you don't HAVE to really rub the scrubs in, but then it's like what's the point of using scrubs then? and I don't realize I used too much force until my face hurt when I rinse. And since I paid for those expensive eye cream, I obviously have to make absolutely sure they soak into my skin by rubbing really really well until it's all gone (don't do this, you are suppose to pat gently).   My prevention/good point is I never sleep with makeup. I have Yes to Cucumber wipes so any time I'm too lazy to do the 3-4 step face washing (short naps, or going to bed at 3am), I just use the wipe then go to bed. I've got oily combo skin so I can get away with it. If you've got dry skin, you should use a moisturizer or moisturzing spray after this.