I had a monster breakout recently, an event I’ve not experienced since high school. I mean it was scary. Desperate, I used Murad’s Exfoliating Acne Treatment Gel, since they’re such a reputable brand in skincare that has served me well in the past. But the worst was yet to come.
Let me get right to the point. The gel has a very intense burning/tingling sensation, and even my normally hard-as-nails skin started itching & stinging. Many Murad acolytes claim using it repeatedly eliminates the itching sensation, but I’ve done it, and no. No, it does not. Each and every time, it has irritated my skin so badly that I had a compulsive need to remove it after application. Of course, being as loyal and hardworking for you guys as I am, I didn’t – I had research to do. Gel piled on giant zits, I spent 2 itchy, frustrating nights letting this stuff work its magic, carefully avoiding touching my skin for fear of transferring oil or rubbing this stuff off.
Skincare marketing is usually dictated by a classic dichotomy: all-natural gentle organic healing vs. all-scientific new-technology active ingredient hammering. Juice Beauty’s Anti-Oxidant Serum hits the middle mark by boasting all-natural ingredients while still including the scientific goodies we love, like liposomes, peptides and collagen-rebuilding. So does it work? I bought it just so I could tell you. Aren’t I a sweetheart? (Juice Beauty also happens to be my all-time favorite skincare brand… so it may have been a teensy bit selfish. Don’t judge me.)
Since I liked Biore’s ice cleanser so much, I thought I’d give these little self-heating masks a shot. I love facial masks, and I double-love products that heat up when you use them! The packaging is very convenient; each mask comes in an individual tube that’s easy to get open and has a nicely sized opening to ensure it doesn’t explode out on your hand. The smell was nice, but not intense; the heating effect was almost instant and felt REALLY good and warm.
My favorite thing: although the mask had exfoliant beads, the mask didn’t leave a bunch of them everywhere on my skin. I’ve always wondered if these companies secretly include giant unbreakable exfoliant beads so that you basically have to scrub and tone the crap out of your skin, making you look “fresher” (i.e. minus the top layer of skin) and thus you think the product works better. I’m skeptical that way.
We’re all looking for inexpensive versions of luxury skincare products that still do the trick to make us look younger and better. That’s one of the things that led me to pick up Lumene Time Freeze Firming Day Cream. I’m not all that saggy yet – but I’ve already got some areas that need serious help.
The product smells great, but it’s on the oily side – I’d only recommend it for really dry skin. It worked a lot better for me after I moved to Phoenix than when I lived in the humid Houston weather.
Ever since we turned twelve and our faces went haywire with oil and blemishes, skincare has been complicated for us women. Should you use astringent? What if you have dry skin? What age should you begin moisturizing? Should you moisturize all over? Luckily, Philosophy, the hippest name in skin care, has one easy solution in a box – and it works! The Makeup Optional Skincare Mini kit includes the following giant array of products: