Skincare
BeautyIsPassion
HYDRATION!!!.....while using Retin A
Im currently on my 3rd week using Retin A and my skin has become dry and flakey. Apparently this is normal until my skin adjust to the retin. Im seeking an affordable cleanser (preferably cream based), i also need a good SPF moisturizer. I have to stay away from anything citrus in order not to irritate my skin (while on retin citrus and alcohols can irritate and cause bad redness). Also, i prefer something with minimal alcohol in the products. I cant afford to lose anymore hydration lol. I cant wait until my "Ugly" phase is over. Only 3 weeks in and my skin is almost acne clear. Im hoping the dreadful 4-6 weeks horror stories of purging does NOT come my way, Id really appreciate any suggestions from my fellow beauties.
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aydasu
BEAUTY WHIZ aydasu / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I love my retin-a in 0.025% and I will be switching to a stronger one (0.05%) soon! I use Paula's Choice Earth Sourced Cleansing Gel. It takes all my makeup off! I do no... see post
armybeauty
What is your regular skincare routine?
I live in a mild climate, where it can be slightly humid, but otherwise it rains continually for 3/4 of the year. I have normal-to-combo skin, meaning I don't really have any major dry/oily spots, but I can get dry or slightly oily in my t-zone occasionally.    I use the Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser twice a day (ok, usually I only manage to use it once a day), and I moisturize with Ole Henriksen's Nurture Me and Bite's Agave Lip Mask twice a day (religiously). I exfoliate with Exfolikate twice a week, and I use the Boscia Black Luminizing mask all-over once a week, and in my trouble zones up to three times a week. I use the GLAMGLOW Powermud once or twice a week, and I spot treat any incoming blemishes with the GLAMGLOW Supermud as needed. I also use the Boscia Purifying Pore Strips on an as-needed basis as well.    What is your skincare routine? 
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magrat22
BEAUTY PRO magrat22 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I'm a Paula Choice girl because I have rosacea her products take the worry out of what will work for me, so my list is a little boring as it's mostly the same line.    ... see post
littlenorm
Skin care routine for 40s
I recently turned 40 and need to kick it up a notch in the skincare department. I have dry, sensitive skin, and I spent too much time in the sun when I was younger. I've been using the Ole Henriksen African Red Tea line, but I notice that some of the products are disappearing. Any suggestions for a good antiaging routine for the 40-something crowd?
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iknow
iknow / RISING STAR / replied
Two things that have made a big difference in my skin. One is Inventive Eco-Organic O3 Enriched Jojoba Oil 1 oz will last awhile and its about $ 35.00. One day a week no... see post
joeanne
Does Anyone Use NARS Multi-Action Hydrating Toner?
I'm in the market for a toner and I'm interested in a brightening toner. I've looked at a few and the NARS toner looks promising. Has anyone used it and can comment on it?   If you haven't used NARS, is there another brightening toner that you use and like? I know there are a few out there and I'm open to suggestions. Basically looking for something for combination skin, most of my concerns are anti-aging - dullness, firmness, not too many wrinkles but trying to keep them in check.   I use Philosophy Miracle Worker skin care and love it but they don't have a toner.  So just looking for that step after cleansing and before moisturizing to complete the routine! Thanks!
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iknow
iknow / RISING STAR / replied
 My splurge is Santa Maria Novella Rose Water.   Hope helps. Melissa see post
altocj
all natural anti-aging skin care
I need an all natural anti-aging skin care routine. Been using Caudalie and love it, but can't afford it any more ($400 ? Ouch). Suggestions on what to use?
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iknow
iknow / RISING STAR / replied
Two things that have made a big difference in my skin. One is Inventive Eco-Organic O3 Enriched Jojoba Oil 1 oz will last awhile and is about $ 35.00. One day a week no ... see post
angelfall12
Q. I need help finding a Cleanser and a light Moisturizer!...
so I am a 13 years old girl, currently in 8th grade. I have breakouts very often, but I don't know what kind of cleanser I should use since I never tried any skin products before. I also would like to know a few makeups that are recommended to teenagers like me and are very natural. Thank you! 
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andyhtrieu
BEAUTY MASTER andyhtrieu / BEAUTY MASTER BEAUTY MASTER / answered
A. Actually, I wouldn't recommend the Clinique Acne Solutions skincare line. For some reason, a lot of companies think the solution to acne is to completely dry them out (a... see post
makeup8910
Facial routine for fair skin, redness
I've got really fair skin that has a LOT of redness.  What skincare brand/products would you suggest?  Thanks!!
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beauty4ashes
HALL OF FAMER beauty4ashes / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
@makeup8910   "..I've got really fair skin that has a LOT of redness..."   Have you seen a dermatologist to rule out Subtype1 Facial Rosacea? Once you get that out ... see post
infinitise
Clay mask for dry skin types?
  I have dry combination skin type that is very very acne prone.  I get redness every now and then, but with the right products, I usually don't.. but breakouts are something I tend to not be able to control     I use clarisonic, philosophy and sulwhasoo peels for exfoliating about 2 times a week, but I feel like its not enough to deep clean for pores especially in the summer.    I have in the past used Fresh umbrian clay and PTR sulfur mask from what I can remember on top of my head.  I loved the umbrian clay mask, but found it to be very dehydrating.. PTR sulfur mask on the other hand barely did anything..  oh and Glam glow was way too irritating for my skin..    can anyone please recommend a good clay mask that I can use for the purpose of drawing out impurities and keeping my skin a bit more clear?    thank you in advance! 
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infinitise
HALL OF FAMER infinitise / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Thank you for your input!  I actually had and have every intention to try the Kiehls mask but somehow I keep on forgetting them :(  Thanks for reminding me see post
nandini05
I need a good moisturiser for super dry skin!
I'm 25 and I use clarins early wrinkle correction cream and was really happy with it until i found out my face has started to flake especially around the nose. Please suggest a good moisturiser that isn't very exorbitant.
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magrat22
BEAUTY PRO magrat22 / BEAUTY PRO BEAUTY PRO / replied
I use Paula's Choice Skin Recovery line for grumpy skin and it's made a huge difference to mine.  Her skin recovery moisturizer is what I use at night,  I agree with Lyl... see post
andyhtrieu
stubborn pimples/zits
I have two pimples/zits on my cheeks and NOTHING IS WORKING. I've been using benzoyl peroxide in the morning, and 2% salicylic acid and Tretinoin at night. It's been a few weeks since I got them and they're so stubborn. Those products that I mentioned above don't make a difference. Help!
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pinktorridora
HALL OF FAMER pinktorridora / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I'm so sorry you are suffering with stubborn acne, I am in the same boat.  A couple things that I have tried lately that have made a difference:   Tea Tee Oil: I got i... see post
lPinkAllurel
Need a lil help
ok this is going to probably be a really slow question to ask on a beauty thread , because i should probably already know and all that buuuttttt.... how do you tell if you have oily,dry,or combination skin ? When I'm shopping for foundation and they ask I'm usually just like i don't know but it does not seem like anyone can help me I know sometimes i get oily but not all the time so I'm just really confused >.< so guyss how can i tell ( sorry again for the dumb question lol) 
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lPinkAllurel
BEAUTY BUFF lPinkAllurel / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
I did some of the things you guys suggested and It turns out i have normal skin :) thanks for all the help see post
kalex
Infrared Saunas
My Dr's office has infrared saunas and I was wondering if anyone here has used them.  What does it feel like?  How long did you use one and did you see any benefits?   For those will ask, infrared saunas are supposed to: - remove toxins through increased circulation and sweating - burns as many calories as 30 minutes of jogging - clears cellulite - reduces stress and fatigue - improves acne and appearance of wrinkles
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haylay28
What is the best pore minimizing product?
I'm looking for some type of pore minimizer, whether it be a primer, a BB cream, or any other product. Personal opinions are very welcome! I'm looking for a product that isn't too heavy but will minimize the look of large pores. Any sugguestions?!
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
After some digging, I was able to pull up an ingredient listing on HSN for the new primer. Compared to the original formula (Photo Finish) it appears to be richer in sil... see post
jullysay
Hydrating eyecream suggestions
I've finished my jar of the Kiehls Creamy Avocado Eye Treatment a few weeks ago and am still hesitating whether to rebuy it or not. I really like the Kiehls one to use under makeup as it hydrates my eye area and makes the fine lines under my eyes less noticeable and the fact that it doesn't irritate my eyes if I put it too close. I've been using the Algenist Eye Renewal Balm and have noticed that my eye area looks dry when makeup is applied over top. Should I just go back to Kiehls or maybe try another eye cream? Another one I am considering of getting is the Bobbi Brown Hydrating eye cream since it does have the word "hydrating" in its name. 
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It's possible that the change in your Kiehl's to the Algenist and noticing the mild dryness may be due to the formula change as well as the Algenist formula being more t... see post
kimmy722
cleansing daily maintenance regiman
I just turned 39 and have a youthful look. I would like to keep it. Any suggestions on a cleansing/daily routine? I do have mild rosacea as well.   Thank you Kim
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Consider a mild formula that is also sulfate free like First Aid Beauty's Face Cleanser. Aloe, white tea, feverfew, licorice, and allantoin all work together to soothe r... see post
tsallen
Marks post break-outs
Can anyone give me a suggestion on QUICKLY fading the red/dark marks post-cystic-acne breakout?
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
In terms of fading post acne scars/marks, the matter of "quickly" may be up in the air.   Most treatment products take anywhere from 4-6 weeks for results to begin sho... see post
productaholic
Clarisonic Mia made me break out!
Ok, I just used the clarisonic for the first time 3 days ago. I'd been debating getting it for 2 years now for this very reason...but finally took the plunge hoping it would help me with my large pores/blackheads on my chin. I used the sensitive brush, and planned on using it just once a week until my skin got used to it. But now I'm wondering if I made a $150 mistake...I've got huge, cystic like bumps coming up on my chin, and even one under my eye on my cheekbone ( I NEVER break out there). What gives? Should I stop using it or just give it time? What was your experience with clarisonic?
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LalaGeorgiana
LalaGeorgiana / NEWCOMER / replied
I have had experience with something like a "purging period" in the past. It wasn't with the Clarisonic though. It happened when I started moisturizing my face with oil ... see post
klnmakeup
Primers for oily skin and large pores. Help!!
I need some help finding a primer for my oily skin and large pores! Ive tried many, including becca ever matte but none seem to work well and i still notice my makeup sliding off around noon or even earlier. I've struggled with bad skin for awhile and I really want a primer that keeps my makeup intact and my oil at bay. Thanks
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Hi there, Klnmakeup!   http://community.sephora.com/t5/Oily/Primer-for-oily-skin/m-p/610061/highlight/true#M698   Check into the above thread where I posted a detail... see post
Linderrr
What product can you use to get rid of the dark upper lip shadow???
What product can you use to get rid of the dark upper lip shadow???
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lylysa
HALL OF FAMER lylysa / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
Depending on what may be causing the darkness will dictate how and with what it can be treated.   Certain areas of the face can be more prone to pigmentation developme... see post
laynebr
Testing PH Levels in products
Does anyone know of a website where I can find the PH levels in skin care? Or of any brands of ph testing strips that are good? My skin has gone through some medical changes lately and the PH balance of my skin if just all over the place.
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hessychris
BEAUTY BUFF hessychris / BEAUTY BUFF BEAUTY BUFF / replied
Layne- you can't really use those strips on your face; I assume you mean the litmus paper. You need a liquid substance for those. Your skin should be slightly acidic. If... see post
orchidaloha
Need help with super oily skin!
I need some help with my super oily skin! By noon it's so bad that I am constantly wiping it away. I'm 30 and I had hoped that it would go away by now, but it seems to be getting worse. So far everything I have tried hasn't made a difference and I'm starting to feel desperate. I'm embarassed whenever I have an afternoon meeting because of it... to make things worse, a lady in one of my afternoon meetings actually pointed it out to me.
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TrysBeautyItems
HALL OF FAMER TrysBeautyItems / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
If it's getting worse, you could be using products that are stripping your skin of natural oils, hence the production of more oil to over compensate for its loss. After ... see post
barbara11
I am 64 years old with lines and wrinkles but still breakout! Do I use anti-aging or oil-free?
ballerinagrl
BEAUTY WHIZ ballerinagrl / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
I'm 43, and I have the same issue. I'm told it's the whole Mediterranean oily skin double-edged sword thing (wrinkles apparently develop much later on the positive side)... see post
HelloCoffee
Sagging eyelids?
I am in my early 30s and am starting to notice that my eyelids are beginning to droop a bit. The skin isn't as tight as it used to be and my makeup doesn't come out as well as it used to (the shadow in the crease). I used the search bar, and the answers were from 2010-2012, nothing too recent (there may be new products?). I know there are no miracle products, but can anyone suggest an eye cream/serum that will help to prevent future eyelid sagging? Thanks!
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HelloCoffee
HALL OF FAMER HelloCoffee / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
I start a new job in a few weeks, so as soon as the money starts coming in again, I will be able to begin my search and will definitely let you know any info : )   I wil... see post
lachaton
Skin Routine Overhaul - advice?
I'm sorry that this post is SO LONG, but I tried to include as much information as I could! I'm just finishing up the last of my daily routine products, and I'm on the look out for new skincare products since what I've been using hasn't been working that well.    I've looked around the skincare boards and done some research, so while I have some ideas about what products I might look into I would appreciate hearing back from some of you since you seem to have really great ideas and suggestions! So thank you in advance.   My skin: Oily - by afternoon, I notice my skin is a bit oily (it can feel a bit "slick" in some places) but I use products to try and combat this. T-zone area (less on my chin) and sometimes along my cheekbones.    Pores around my nose/centre of forehead - I wouldn't say my pores are large, but they are noticeable to me in these two areas. I tend to have more blackheads on my nose and chin, maybe a few on my forehead.    Very fair and freckled - so my skin isn't very "even" looking, and can be a bit blotchy.    Dry patches - I notice that if I don't use a good moisturizer, I am prone to dry patches once in a while (especially in winter). My nose can get flaky, along with my forehead and sometimes my chin. My guess is that the types of acne/oily skin products I've been using might be causing this.    Young skin - I'm in my 20s so aging skin isn't a problem yet. I have some good genes on my side, and I try to take care of my skin so I think that's helping. I'd like to prevent this, but it really isn't an issue or concern.   I have a couple small scars (mostly faded but still there).   Current routine: I've been using my Clarisonic regularly for a couple years with sensitive brushes, and I have no complaints. It works really well for me, and has made a drastic difference in my skin. I use it nearly every day.   First, I use the Dermalogica Precleanse. (I've used Dermalogica products before, and while they were decent they weren't amazing - a concern for me since they are pricey.) I follow that with The Body Shop's Tea Tree Skin Clearing Facial Wash and Toner. I'm really not happy with this line - it really doesn't seem to help with my blemishes/acne.    For moisturizer, I've been using Clinique's Dramatically Different Gel. This is better than most moisturizers I've used, but it's still only okay. I've also been using the Korres Wild Rose Advanced Brightening Sleeping Facial which I think is too heavy for my skin. I have a sample of Dermadoctor Red Light Eye Lift I've been using.   As an exfoliate, I started using Korres Pomegranate Scrub which I love (so far). I bought it recently and I've been happy with it.   I've been using the Clinique Spot Treatment Gel on pimples (when I have any). It's a sample size, thankfully, because I'm really not a fan! It's far too drying for my skin and doesn't seem to clear anything up.    For masks, I've been trying out some new ones lately. I've never found anything I love enough to stick with long-term. I used GlamGlow's Supermud for a few months (about 4-5) and I liked it - but again, not AMAZING considering the price.    I don't really use any peels or serums. I've tried some, but they have been small samples so I couldn't really see any significant difference.   New products?   Korres Pomegranate/Yoghurt and Milk products? I've been eyeing some of these.  Caudalie - I've been eyeing the Favourites Kit (to try the cleansing water, sorbet, and Beauty Elixir. I've really been eyeing that elixir.) Or the Deep Cleansing Power Trio? Boscia Detoxifying Black Cleanser or Clear Complexion or Purifying? Algenist Hydrating Essence Toner Murad Toner? Philosophy Oxygen Peel? I'm planning on buying the Origins Charcoal Mask - it sounds like it would work well for me.   Acne Peter Roth AHA/BHA Acne Clearing Gel Murad Acne Clearing Kit - not sure whether this would be a good idea, because I'd rather focus on giving my skin what it needs to keep it healthy and happy which will hopefully help combat acne. I don't think my acne is severe enough to warrant acne products, to be honest. Peter Roth Sulfur Masque Acne Treatment Kate Somerville EradiKate Treatment
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ChicDabbler
HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
It's normal for skin to produce oil throughout the day, but if you are getting flakes, it sounds like you are either exfoliating too much, using too harsh of a product o... see post
ashleenicoleex3
Caudalie Moisturizing Toner
I'm looking for new skin care and I was wondering if the Caudalie Moisturizing Toner is good to use on Oily Skin or is it just for Dry Skin?
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ChicDabbler
HALL OF FAMER ChicDabbler / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
^this. It also depends on what moisturizer you are pairing it with. If your skin is dehydrated then this is great. If your normal moisturizer provides sufficient hydrati... see post
Carapia03
This is long but i am desperate to find a good foundation for my oily skin...
I had never ventured outside of Mac, both Studio Fix and Pro Longwear were my go-to foundations. But they started to fade away, especially around my nose area. I went to Sephora cause I thought it was time for a change. I asked the associate who helped me what would be good for oily skin and for medium-full coverage and she introduced the Kat Von-D Lock It foundation. When she tested it on me, it felt light and the coverage was amazing. So i bought it and the primer she had used on me (MUFE Microperfecting). For the first couple of days i did not like how it was looking on me but i figured i needed to give it some time. I tried applying it different ways but nothing seemed to work and i looked even more oily than before. Even more, my face started to look older and the makeup was cracking. It also transferred, alot. So here i am, looking once again...help!
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WoogieMUA
BEAUTY MAVEN WoogieMUA / BEAUTY MAVEN BEAUTY MAVEN / replied
I would try using Milk of Magnesia as a primer. Just a dime size amount, emulsify it with your hands, and rub in all over your face (or only where you find yourself supe... see post
Rosemary20
Want to add something to my skin care routine when I'm 20
Hi all! I wish to add some skin care products to my list since I’m about to be 20. I’m just so excited to welcome my 20 years old birthday and want to take care of my face. I just use cleanser, toner and lotion. I’m looking for eye gel and mask now. I wonder if it’s a little early to use them. My face is a little sensitive and slightly oily on T zone. I used to use Clinique, Jurlique, and Kiehl’s. I find Fresh Lotus Eye Gel and Rose Mask might be a good choice. Can you leave me some suggestions? I would love to know other choices, and also if you are the same skin type with me, can you tell me what skin care products you use?
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cherrybombtastic
HALL OF FAMER cherrybombtastic / HALL OF FAMER HALL OF FAMER / replied
My skin is dry in the beginning, but it turns oily as the day goes on, but I still get flaky skin depending on the weather. I'm 25. I would say that an eye cream is more... see post
mberteig
Order of skincare product application?
Hi everyone,   I would like to start using a tightening or lifting cream or serum on my face and neck.  My question is, what is the order of application?     Do I do my regular skincare routine first and apply the tightening product last?  Or, should the tightening product be applied first, with the other products over it?  Another option might be that the tightening product takes the place of the similar product I am using now (for example, a tightening cream would take the place of my usual moisturizing cream).     Thank you for any advice!  
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bexrose
BEAUTY WHIZ bexrose / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
Lightest to heaviest, generally.  I say generally, because if you're using more than one serum, you'd need to use the one that corrects/treats the problem, followed by o... see post
calcutta
Night Cream Recommendations
Hi all,   I'm Looking for a night cream that will work with my mildly oily skin and somewhat visible pores. It has to be under the $65 price range, unless its in a value set.   I'm 28, btw, if that helps/ makes a difference.   Thanks in advance ladies and gents!
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bexrose
BEAUTY WHIZ bexrose / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
They don't carry the Invigorating Night Gel on its own anymore :( :(  It really was amazing. see post
pivspie
Need skincare products/routine for dry sensitive skin
I am looking for some skin care products to help with my dry, sensitive skin (I have eczema). I am also prone to blocked pores if the formula is to thick and doesn't absorb well. I have my daytime moisturizer with SPF squared away, so this would be more for nighttime/weekend use.   I tried the High Potency Night-A-Mins™ Mineral-Enriched Renewal and it didn't work for me. My skin never got moisturized, but would end up greasy and has started breaking out.   Any advice is greatly appreciated!
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bexrose
BEAUTY WHIZ bexrose / BEAUTY WHIZ BEAUTY WHIZ / replied
First of all, put down any and all foaming cleansers. Seriously. I'm not sure about you, but aloe or glycerin, at the top of the ingredients list, actually makes my face... see post