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· Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately #2
· Beauty Notes: this 'n' that
· Day Two of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream
· Exfoliating skin care video by RiceBunny
· Side note about biotin supplement
· Where to buy Anthelios?
· Price vs. value
· Favorite "budget" beauty products
· Latest sulfate-free shampoo venture; cheap beauty products in general
· 2006, the year in beauty, and plans for 2007
· Beauty breakthroughs
· Adult acne rambling...
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The Weekend Blogger: Bit of hauling
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, June 28, 2008 11:47 PM (Eastern)
I shop rather strategically now; long gone are the days of carefree middle-class browsing. An item is either astronomically expensive, requiring months, even years, of planning to acquire, or else it tends to be junk, worth less than the space it occupies. It's truly an art to figure out where to shop, and to emerge with something of value, without blowing half a week's paycheck over it.
This time I went to a b & m bead shop, something I don't do often anymore. But sometimes it's worth the markup to be able to choose individual beads, particularly for earrings. I got some carnelian and some jade beads. I had this odd impulse to make red earrings, and I've wanted for some time to use green jade for something.
On to our local health food store, where I repurchased Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream. Normally the price would have been a tad appalling, but I tried this out first as a sample, loved it, bought a full sized tube, found it lasted five months and noticeably improved my acne-prone skin. I felt it was a good purchase.
On a bit of an impulse, I also bought a Zia pressed powder compact. I'm almost out of my traditional MAC Blot pressed, and was planning on the trek out to the MAC counter to repurchase it, but if this stuff works, I'd rather buy it instead. I've long fallen out of love with MAC in general, so the Back to MAC isn't much of an incentive to me anymore, plus the customer service at our local MAC Counter isn't much of an encouragement to go there. The first two ingredients listed are mica and cornstarch. I've used Zia liquid foundation for years, to make tinted sunscreen, so I'm fairly optimistic about the powder prospect.
Finally, I picked up Avalon Organics Lavender shampoo, since I had run out of their Lemon Clarifying one. The Lavender is more moisturizing, but then I often use two shampoos anyway--a little tea tree oil shampoo on my scalp (Giovanni, but I'm thinking of trying the Paul Mitchell one when that runs out), and a different one on the rest of my hair (it's not as complicated as it sounds, just slap on a bit of one and a bit of the other, and lather).
The Weekend Blogger: Mixed bag
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, June 22, 2008 2:38 AM (Eastern)
A photo tour of Iran...the music is killer
I suspect I have nothing cohesive to say, so have elected to use a bullet list.
Have a good one!
Just Notes: The Weekend Blogger
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Saturday, May 24, 2008 1:09 PM (Eastern)
Contemplating trying my hand at a regular feature, titled--surprise!--"The Weekend Blogger." But let's see if I can produce something intelligible on a weekly basis, in the first place.
Shoes. I finally got some shoes, having no choice in the matter: my beloved Cole Haan woven shoes, which I've worn for...ten years? more, no doubt...finally commenced to spring a leak. The uppers are entirely woven, so it would be possible to mend them with E-6000 (or GS Hypo Cement, haven't worked out which would be better), and I haven't actually thrown them away. It would require time and patience to do the repair, and the shoes would need to dry the full 24 hours...I didn't have another pair of shoes on hand, so elected to shelve the project for now and just get some new shoes.
It's impossible to replace the Cole Haans. New Cole Haans, which don't seem nearly as nice as old Cole Haans, are in the nefarious $300 range, at which decent shoes begin these days. I realize our economy is a comedy, and our dollar is in the toilet, but if I wanted to pay $300 for shoes, I would buy U.S. made Cydwoqs--which I am still planning to do, as my next shoe purchase, along with Joy perfume and a Nars eyeshadow (single or duo); something quite neutral.
I ended up with the working-girl's kit--you get some reasonably priced leather shoes, and you stretch them with one of those wooden shoe forms. You don't need a specific stretching device; you can use a plain old wooden form (doesn't have to be your size either). You just have to be careful not to damage the shoes or over-stretch them.
Along with this, Foot Petals...I don't need them for one of the pairs I bought, but the other pair definitely need padding in the heel. I turned down numerous Dr. Scholls made-in-China heel pads because I wanted to try Foot Petals, but they're absurdly hard to find, particularly the heel pads. I found some of the ball-of-foot pads at Shoe Pavilion...on a side note, our local Shoe Pavilion has became a small Indian market, with inexpensive Indian tops and dresses...interesting...hmmm...I'm determined to try authentic Foot Petals, but I'm hoping to find them locally.
So I've been wearing these pre-stretched shoes, and looking for Foot Petals so I can wear the other pair. I'll have to admit they don't have the same pizazz as my old Cole Haans, but they'll do for now, and I've made at least the first pair ridiculously comfortable (they have a small wedge heel).
Skincare. Thinking of ditching Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream once it's used up. Its chief attraction was its exfoliating property, but the Salux Beauty Skin Cloth I've been employing is far superior at that. The Cleansing Cream is yet great as a moisturizing cleanser for oily skin, but then their Cleansing Milk is fine for that, and more economical. What sucks is the Cleansing Milk is bottled in glass, rendering it useless for the shower. I suppose I'll think of something when the time comes.
Beauty Notes: Skincare thoughts
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Sunday, March 02, 2008 12:37 AM (Eastern)
Oh well, I broke down and bought Dr. Hauschka's Cleansing Milk today. My local health food store now carries this brand, thus negating the need to travel to Berkeley. I experienced a small pain in the wallet as I bought my Milk, and wondered if an earlier casual remark--that a dollar spent on good skincare meant saving at least five dollars on everything else--held much water. And decided there was something to it.
I'd run out of my usual evening facial cleanser, the (in)famous beauty-board darling, Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash, a while back. That's when I started using a sample of the Hauschka Cleansing Milk, and realized its odd, almost greasy whitish lotion was good for my skin. Less acne, fewer flakes, softer texture, all-around expensive skincare goodness.
When I'd squeezed the last drops from the sample tube, I was left with nothing, and started washing my face with some tea-tree oil soap. Now this was not good for my skin. Makes a great hand wash, but, face-wise, I was beginning to see pimples. Pimples are depressing enough in their own right, but are particularly disturbing to those who have been to acne hell. Signs of returning to hell...eh...not good.
But, five dollars on everything else? What would I be spending $169.75 on? How long is this cleanser going to last? My Hauschka Cleansing Cream, purchased mid-January, is less than half-way used up. Let's be optimistic and say it will endure three months (I use it only once per day in a pea-sized blob). If the Cleansing Milk can do the same, that's $169.75 over three months, or $56.58 per month. It is conceivable I'd be tempted to spend $56.58 in a month, depressed over having lousy skin. Hermmm...
Beauty Notes: Day Two of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Milk
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, February 04, 2008 9:30 PM (Eastern)
Finally getting around to trying this. I bring in new skincare products slowly, but that's because, when you have skin problems such as being acne-prone, you should do it that way. It then becomes obvious if the new product aggravates your skin.
I've been using their Cleansing Cream since September of last year. The Cleansing Cream was more important, as I'd already had in mind to find an exfoliating product of some sort. The idea of a mild cleanser...eh...I'd been using Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash to cleanse, and Heather Loraine jojoba butter to moisturize, for years.
Recently I ran out of the J&J--it's cheap but goes fast--and, stealthily, began to substitute an old clear natural shampoo I'd fallen out of love with. It seemed to work just as well as an "official" facial cleanser. Then I remembered the Hauschka Cleansing Milk so thought I'd give it a whirl.
So far: very interesting. It's moisturizing, where typically someone with oily acne-prone skin would gravitate toward a more astringent cleanser. It's almost too moisturizing, but then the Cleansing Cream is sort of like that.
The Cleansing Milk is a white lotion-y substance which smells, like most of the Hauschka products, pleasantly herbal. It's almost like washing your face with lotion. Unlike the Cleansing Cream, which leaves a delicate film of oil after rinsing, the Cleansing Milk feels as if you've already applied moisturizer, after rinsing.
That's where I feel it just might work. Instead of using the more astringent cleanser and then moisturizing, this would appear to do both.
It's too soon to say about results...the Cleansing Cream took a while to kick in, and it's my philosophy anyway that good long-term skincare seldom works instantly. I can admit I'm a bit surprised something so moisturizing doesn't seem to have aggravated my acne-prone-ness one way or the other, but, as I say, it's too early.
Beauty Notes: What I've been into, lately #2
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, January 18, 2008 3:14 PM (Eastern)
I think we need a label for this, somehow...a blend of favorite things and Jack Bauer and Tony Almeida at a Drive-Thru.
Anyhow. Shall we commence?
Ava Luxe Voyage earrings
I'm not affiliated with Ava Luxe, I should mention. I just like her stuff. Here I thought this was beautiful, a binary combination of kyanite and labradorite, strung on karat gold. Sometime I will do something similarly binary...I can't wear 14KT gold earrings, but I'm hoping someone will come up with a wearable golden leverback cheaper than 18KT gold. mumbles...
Here is my own stuff. Less spectacular for sure, but keep in mind, there can be a difference between making something to wear, and making something to sell. With the emphasis on "can be."
It's been on my mind lately, because I tend to acquire less for the sake of owning something beautiful, and more for that of owning something useful. Sometimes the twain meet, oh, take this for example:
I've gotten the most mileage from Island Fever (far right). In the pan: a gorgeous shimmery sea blue shade, plus a medium shimmery iridescent grey. It should be pretty, but useless; something you bought on a whim because it looked nice. But it isn't useless by far. The blue shade, applied very lightly, is the most natural, unobtrusive shadow I own. It shouldn't work but it does.
Hence, the Ava Luxe earrings could well correspond to this concept. Bright and pretty, but potentially utile as well.
My little hoops (these are the most conservative earrings I've made thus far) would be more like this:
Nars Mambo, the unsung eyepencil. I paid $19 for you at Sephora, and momentarily felt a complete idiot; you can buy a perfectly decent deep brown eyepencil at Longs Drugs for four bucks. Then I started using you.
Mambo is deep brown, yet possesses hints of purple and red--making it subtly ideal for green or blue eyes, and making it go with everything. Thereby replacing brown, purple, and bronze pencils for me. No, you don't swatch particularly well, but on, you are a minor genius.
The Scented Salamander follows up on the Bond No. 9/Liz Zorn Perfumes story:
Trademark Questions Over The Use Of The Word "Peace" / Q & A with Laurice Rahme of Bond No.9, Liz Zorn of Liz Zorn Perfumes, & Sarah Horowitz -Thran of Creative Scentualization
Dwelling in lawyer-infested California, I suspect the entire thing was less of a shock to me. And I found some people seemed to turn it into a girl-on-girl fight--not good for business, for either party. Oh well. I see Zorn has some samples on her site; you might want to check them out.
And finally, for your perusal--Michelle Phan, aka RiceBunny, demos the aspirin mask (here with honey): RiceBunny's Xanga Site - Aspirin = Beautiful Skin
No, I'm not into this myself. I'm far too lazy. But the idea of using aspirin and honey as a mask makes perfect logical sense. You are exfoliating. Exfoliating is good.
Have a great weekend!
Beauty Notes: this 'n' that
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, September 24, 2007 2:30 AM (Eastern)
I'm putting together which Montale perfumes to try. There are a lot of them; it would be expensive to try them all...and I don't actually want to try them all. I don't think it's necessary. I do think it's possible to cobble together what the perfume smells like, by gathering a few reliable sources for descriptions, and then sort of triangulating them.
Luckyscent's perfume descriptions are overly long and flowery, too...I dunno, enthusiastic? While Aedes' descriptions tend toward the too-short and spare. Put the two together...so far I've got:
My trial of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream is going well. It truly is a gentle exfoliant (at least to my skin it is; I don't have particularly sensitive skin). What I like best is the slightly "oily" feeling it leaves after rinsing. I know that sounds counterintuitive, since I have naturally oily skin, but that odd moist feeling does not translate into an oily face; quite the contrary.
My skin is already smoother and softer; seem to be fewer and smaller clogged pores. It's not a miraculous transformation by any means, but I'm suspicious of quick results when you're talking about skin. Most of the products I've tried that ended up working over the long run, worked gradually rather than right away.
I have a theory--that skincare is similar to weight loss. You don't gain the weight overnight (even though it feels that way); you gain it over time, which is why gradual weight loss works in the long run. Quick dramatic weight loss tends to work at first, but then stop working.
Your face doesn't get cruddy overnight either (even though it feels that way!), which is why mild, gradual treatments tend to work best in the long run.
Day Two of Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, September 20, 2007 2:30 AM (Eastern)
I suppose I should preface this by saying I've never really been into skincare.
Part, if not most, of my disinterest stems from having gotten adult acne at age twenty-nine. (Before I got adult acne, I had literally perfect skin, which itself made me uninterested in skincare.) As adult acne sufferers know, the finer points of skincare get lost in the shuffle as the sufferer tries everything within grasp to attain normal, reasonably clear skin.
My experience with adult acne taught me a couple of things:
For some time now, I've had it in mind to...exfoliate. When you have real acne, that's out of the question. But now, I don't have pimples, but I could do with some sort of a scrubby thing.
Dr. Hauschka Cleansing Cream isn't exactly what it sounds like. It's a cleanser, but also an exfoliant, thanks to its star ingredient, sweet almond meal. From the Dr. Hauschka website:
Almond meal is a blend of whole ground almonds, including shell and nut. The meal mixes readily with water to form a natural emulsion that is highly absorbent of water and oil. In Cleansing Cream it absorbs oils, dirt and perspiration from the skin. The soothing, calming properties of almond make it gentle enough for even the most sensitive skin. Almond meal has been used traditionally for its cleansing and purifying effect on the skin. In ancient India and Egypt ground almonds were pressed into bars for cleansing the body.
Sounds a tad scratchy, doesn't it? There's another reason I've been reluctant to try exfoliants: I've had these visions of scratchy bits of nut shell, scraping away at my face (I'd prefer to have dead skin, thanks).
You are to use a "press and roll" application method for this, rather than outright scrubbing.
I've used this three times now (and am planning to give it another go tonight). The almond meal particles are quite small, thank goodness. They don't scratch.
Like just about all "premium"-ish products, a little goes a long way. A glob the size of a large pea is enough to cleanse your face.
I didn't actually "press and roll" all that much, but then I don't have sensitive skin. Light massaging does the job for me.
This smells pleasant, of faint real roses and some other natural stuff.
I was a bit surprised it left the surface of my face feeling almost oily. Mind you I've been putting jojoba products on my face for years; "oily" doesn't freak me out. After I'd dried my face though, it felt not oily at all, in fact it felt somehow...not dry on the surface, but dry inside. Kinda weird but not unpleasant.
It hasn't as of yet exfoliated perfectly. My skin feels smoother, less flaky, but I still detect some rough spots. My gut tells me that's actually a good thing, due to #2 above...that continued use might produce perfect results, rather than having perfect results right away.
In any case, I'll update this later on.
image courtesy www.drhauschka.com
Exfoliating skin care video by RiceBunny
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, July 27, 2007 8:53 PM (Eastern)
Thanks to our wonderful Carol (who seems to discover the most ingenious things) for this link, which demonstrates exfoliating with an inexpensive electric toothbrush:
Side note about biotin supplement
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, June 18, 2007 2:55 PM (Eastern)
It seems to have made my arms smoother. I had some of those little bumps on them, I don't know if it was keratosis pilaris, but they're all but gone now. Taking my regular multi-vitamin didn't do anything; I noticed the change after I'd been taking the biotin for a while.
Where to buy Anthelios?
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, June 13, 2007 4:39 PM (Eastern)
So, I am getting more serious about sunscreen this year. The sun has gotten noticeably stronger around here.
It's...a bemusing experience. Apparently it is not possible to just go to your local drugstore in Northern California and buy a sunscreen containing what is widely touted as the best sunscreen ingredient: Mexoryl. It just isn't.
I tried Longs Drugs, Walgreens and Target, before accepting that this substance just might be slightly more difficult to procure than cocaine. Here is a thread from the forums, on the first etailers that showed when searching Anthelios.
I will post here what I decide to buy and from whom.
Price vs. value
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Tuesday, March 27, 2007 12:36 PM (Eastern)
A couple of recent incidents have made me reflect just how...planned...my beauty existence has become over the years.
Just as beauty boards may be blamed for many an impulse purchase, as well as many a "haul" (this is planned, but may include extraneous items, or else be an orgy of superfluousness...whatever), so they may be blamed for my next-to-obsessive strategic approach to buying, say, a bar of soap, or a bottle of shampoo.
Gone are the days when I would go to Target or Longs Drugs and simply choose the most interesting-looking product on the shelf. I don't think I've done that in years. I always consult my own experience (aka a "repurchase") or "the boards" first. If a product has been raved about enough on the boards...and by this, I mean it's been raved about by people I've heard of, like Edina Monsoon, or Lipstick Chick, or Rupa, or M...that might mean something. I'm not gonna list the people on my own board, since you need only go there (link at the top of this blog).
One of the incidents was, I was explaining to my son about the shampoos in the shower...how the Alba Hawaiian Plumeria shampoo was the fancy, expensive one (okay it's $9 for 12 oz.) that we use occasionally, because it's a great shampoo but costs too much to use all the time. The Queen Helene Mint Julep shampoo on the other hand, is $3+something for what amounts to nearly a gallon of shampoo--like a gallon of milk. The soap is the Bisous De Provence you get at Trader Joe's for about $3 (might have gone up some lately). This is a very hard milled soap, lasts a good long time, lathers nicely, not drying, smells terrific... My facial cleanser is that board gem, Johnson & Johnson Head to Toe Baby Wash.
We've got Jason Satin Shower Body Wash in there, Nature's Gate Herbal hair conditioner...outside I have Heather Loraine jojoba butter (which I reported on the board as a UEU, meaning I'd used it up, yet there remain little dibs and dabs of it...it's lasting a month longer than I'd thought it would), Lab Series Age Rescue eye cream (damn good eye cream, tube lasts about a year), MAC Blot pressed powder, MAC Powerpoint eyepencils, Nars the Multiple in Malibu...
These are all, generally speaking, "expensive" items, save the Queen Helene shampoo and the J & J. They all cost more than comparable items. Why I buy them, is that they last a long time.
For example, I don't think I've owned a drugstore eyepencil that lasted more than a year. Two years would be a stretch. The pencils either turned rock hard, or else went crumbly. The Powerpoints I have, haven't changed much from when I bought them more than two years ago.
You could find cheaper soaps, but how long would they last? Would they dry your skin to the point that you needed to use lotion? (After having switched to Bisous De Provence, I didn't get itchy skin this winter.)
Continuity is also key...I've used the Lab Series eye cream since...just realized...2004. They did "reformulate" once (same cream, a dollar more), but that is far better than having to look for a new eye cream.
Conclusion: it is folly to base sales of beauty products on customer impulsiveness alone, in this era of the Internet. If consumers temporarily go mad and buy more makeup in a year or two than they'd bought their entire lives up to that point, so these same consumers evolve rapidly into much pickier buyers than ever before.
Picky buyers are like good lovers in that they are capable of intense, unshakable loyalty. If you treat them right, they'll remember you. They will buy your products again and again and again.
But if you treat them badly, with price spikes, frequently discontinued or limited edition products, and declining quality, don't be surprised if they go somewhere else.
Favorite "budget" beauty products
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Thursday, February 15, 2007 4:26 PM (Eastern)
Call them "low end," "drugstore," "crap"--remember crap? no one calls it crap anymore. I even remember cr*p, as in "cr*p haul"...for those offended by the term "crap"!
Anyhow, I've long espoused being cheap. The more money you can save on your everyday basics, the more money you will have to spend on other things.
Here is my current list:
Latest sulfate-free shampoo venture; cheap beauty products in general
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, January 03, 2007 1:57 AM (Eastern)
Thanks to our Carol, I have gotten into this product (drum roll):
Okay, it doesn't look fancy...that little picture resembles exactly how it looks in real life. No colorful packaging, no celeb endorsements, and it costs three dollars and change, for a pint bottle of concentrate that makes a gallon of shampoo (sorry for all the italics; the sheer gravity of this situation is only now beginning to sink in).
I've used it four times now. The first go-round, I tried the "less heavy" mix (one part concentrate to 15 parts water), and didn't care for how watery it came out. The second, I tried the "heavy mix" (one part concentrate to 7 parts water) and loved it. (This mix is like a regular shampoo that's on the thin side; can't see why you couldn't make it slightly thicker if you wanted to.)
It smells pleasant: soft spearmint, softly minty. Even if mint were not your thing, you'd probably like it.
It lathers acceptably (this can be a concern with sulfate-less shampoos), doesn't strip hair, doesn't weigh down...gently cleans. In fact my hair got softer after I'd used it a couple of times. Good for that "winter itchy scalp" thing; good to clarify your regular shampoo.
I got mine at Sallys Beauty Supply, as well.
What still hasn't completely sunk in...how dirt cheap this great product really is. I'm trying to think of similar discoveries, sometimes termed "board lemmings," I have known. The list is short.
On the color cosmetics front, oh, Nars the Multiple qualifies. It costs a bum, sure, but it's a huge stick of color, it's complex, blends easily...I won't add it to the short list until I've had mine longer though.
MAC Powerpoint eyepencils qualify for me; mine have kept well for more than two years, they don't fade easily, they do sharpen easily, the colors are good (albeit not quite as sublime as the Eye Kohls, oh well).
Biotin in my experience is worth taking. Also the various things I've done for my acne.
I suspect this innocuous-looking shampoo may join the pantheon of the Economical and the Great, and become a Board Lemming. If you read about it here though, please bookmark this site. I found out about almost all of the above lemmings from The Lipstick Page.
2006, the year in beauty, and plans for 2007
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Monday, January 01, 2007 11:34 PM (Eastern)
2006 was, oddly, a good year for me, beauty-wise.
I would say that 2006 was quite possibly the first year I felt "settled"...confident, even...about makeup and beauty products in general. I could go back and see what I was writing in 2005, of course. Oh heck let's just do that.
Eye Makeup for Green Eyes #1
Was I ever that intent on popping the green in my eyes? Who cares really? Okay, I can say that now, because virtually all of my current eye makeup stash works with my eyes. It has simply evolved.
That's pretty settled too. I take my daily multi-vitamin, I'm on Yasmin birth control, I watch what I eat, I avoid stress as much as possible.
What else was I up to back then?
The perfect lipstick
That's fairly easy, it's got to be Chanel Hydrabase, with some MAC's in the mix. I'm not being fair, of course; there are tons of worthy lipsticks I've yet to try. I'm hard pressed to beat that Hydrabase though...and the next MAC lipstick is free for me. By the time I need a new MAC lipstick, I'll more than likely have the requisite six empty MAC containers to qualify for it.
The perfect blush
Conclusion: Nars the Multiple in Malibu.
There is a seemingly sudden plethora of sulfate-less shampoos and silicone-free conditioners on the market...another of 2006's concerns resolved. Carol's kind post on the subject added a breathtakingly inexpensive shampoo to my mix. Dain's Nature's Gate discovery added a daily conditioner. Aside from these, my pick for 2006 is Alba Botanica Honeydew Nourishing Hair Wash.
Now, 2007...I'd like to play more with perfumes. I'd like to actually buy that Chanel Moiré Hydrabase lipstick. Someone keeps borrowing my sample of it.
I could do with that MAC "Buried Treasure" Powerpoint eyepencil. Why? I've had my Permaplum Powerpoint for more than two years now. It takes me forever to use up an eyepencil...and it's still nice and soft and silky, it still sharpens without crumbling. My Prestige waterproof automatic has lasted just as well, but it is automatic, and I prefer the kind you have to sharpen (you get a finer point with the latter).
That's about it.
beauty makeup cosmetics skincare skin+care haircare hair+care perfume lipstick
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Friday, November 17, 2006 1:08 AM (Eastern)
Once in a while, there comes along a beauty product that actually does change your life. Most of them don't, of course, but some of them do.
This has been on my mind for a while...because once such a product becomes part of your life, you tend to forget what your life was like before.
Here is my personal list of breakthrough products, starting with:
Oh I'm sure I'll think of something else right after I publish this.
Adult acne rambling...
Posted by Colleen Shirazi, Wednesday, November 15, 2006 8:36 PM (Eastern)
I had a sort of a bad skin day a few days ago. (Though I have an Adult Acne Blog, I feel a little cross-posting can be a good thing.)
What passed through my mind, was how awful it was for me before...the acne itself is not nearly as bad as not knowing what triggers it, or what to do to get rid of it. You feel as if you're always walking on eggshells. You don't know why some days are good and then the acne comes back, which it always does. You spend a lot of time and money on surface treatments, which in my own experience either don't work at all, or else work at first and then stop working, or else do work, but destroy your skin in the process.
Those days are long gone for me; I know what triggered the bad skin day. Simple. I was on my placebo week of Yasmin birth control pills and I was eating regular, i.e. growth-hormone-raised, beef, several times. I should have been more careful, since it was the placebo week; I shouldn't have eaten the beef that much. To clear it up simply means not eating beef for a few days, drinking white tea or water, and piling Differin directly on the blemishes (don't get it on the surrounding skin).
That's what I've been doing, and the blemishes are nearly gone, with no new blemishes. (The sooner you put the Differin on, the better. The first day or so, you can put it on twice. Once it starts working, just do it once per day.) If I wanted to clear the skin more quickly, I would just drink more water or white tea. But the simple idea of avoiding hormone-processed beef, and shrinking the existing zits with Differin...works like a charm.
On a side note, my skin also felt oilier during the bad skin day. It feels much drier now.
On another side note, I have no affiliation with Differin. In fact it was horrible as an all-over acne treatment. It made my skin so flaky, it was scaly. It was worse than having acne...I mean literally...I dropped it and went back to having acne back when Differin was what I was supposed to be using. But as a spot treatment...applied only on the zits...it's brilliant.
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