Treatments -Unlisted Brand - De La Cruz 10% Sulfur Ointment
argentina_i 11/11/2009 9:45:00 PM
Oh man, this stuff is amazing. It is cheap, not too difficult to find, and it WORKS. First off, most of the other reviews have touched on the cons. The ointment is thick, it has a slight smell, and the texture can be a bit off putting. I usually find this at Wal-Mart and Target pretty easily (in the southwest at least). It costs about 4 dollars, and it comes in a small tub. I agree with most of the other reviews, this is best used a spot treatment. If you put it all over your face, your face may over dry, get irritated, or just feel uncomfortable (since its so thick, and it warms up a bit after application, its uncomfortable if you have it on your whole face). I only use it on an 'as-needed' basis, which is a few times a month. However, it does the trick in a couple of nights. I have occasional cystic acne, pretty regular hormonal acne along my chin/jaw line, and blackheads on my nose. I don't find ANYTHING that works for my blackheads, but this helps more than most creams. It works great on painful, cystic acne, and I've head that since sulfur encourages skin cells to be produced, may help with scarring. This works better for me than any other acne ingredient (BP, SA, etc), prescription or OTC ever did. If you've never used a sulfur based product before, give it a try. It may be the ingredient that will help your acne if nothing else has worked. I highly recommend this pomade, its definitely my HG acne spot treatment. Also, sometimes you can find Grisi sulfur soap alongside this in stores. Its a sulfur based soap that is like a 1 - a killer bargain. If you use both, remember to MOISTURIZE as sulfur can be drying.
This cream is decent. Its in a tub, which I'm never a fan of (unless its a product that gets used up quickly, but this one doesn't). Its a rich cream, and slightly on the greasy side (it will leave your face looking a little greasy too). It also has no SPF, so some may not like it as a day cream. HOWEVER, as a night cream (when the shiny-ness of it doesn't matter), I would recommend it. It moisturizers SUPER well and will leave your skin feeling great. It is pretty neutral and doesn't irritate (Sebamed products are pretty great for sensitive skin) and it is PH balanced. Sebamed products are hard to find in the US, but possibly available online. They're a lot easier to find in other countries, so maybe pick some up if you're abroad. If you have sensitive skin & want deep moisture, then give it a try - it just wasn't the perfect cream for me.
Cleansers -Sebamed - Anti-Bacterial Cleansing Foam
argentina_i 11/9/2009 11:02:00 PM
I can't believe all the bad reviews on the Sebamed AntiBacterial Cleansing Foam! This has been my HG cleanser for about at least a year! Its usually easier to find in Europe than it is in the US, although I think they have a US website now (not sure about shipping, prices & all that stuff in the US). Anyway, so its a super light foam that you pump into your hands and apply to your face. I like to massage it a little, and then you have to leave it on for 5 minutes (which some people may not be patient enough for). After the 5 minutes, you rinse it off and voila! I forget exactly how it works, but I guess there is a compound in the wash that kills almost all the bacteria off your face without drying you out too bad. The only downside is that is not designed to remove makeup. Before I use this, I use a cleansing wipe to get all my makeup off. If I'm not wearing any makeup that day, than I don't have to use anything before hand. I would HIGHLY recommend this cleanser to anyone with bad acne (which I had before I started using this). You have to use it pretty regularly for it to work (just like any good skin-care regime). Just in case its too trying when you first start it, make sure to always moisturize afterward. Its a little pricey (I've seen it up to ~$25, or as cheap as ~$12 USD, depending on the country - and usually in pharmacies, never any other stores). I've done a lot of traveling and so far have found this cleanser in Mexico, all over Europe, and the Middle East! Also, portability is a big issue wit me as I travel quite a bit, and the bottle travels quite well without any spilling or any other mishaps. All in all, this is a GREAT acne wash that I think people should recommend and follow for a few weeks to see how great it works.
Deodorants -Trader Joe's - Unscented Deodorant with Cotton
argentina_i 11/9/2009 9:19:00 PM
Ugh. I was so hopeful with this deodorant. I had tried a similar cotton deodorant from Adidas (aluminum free), but it gave me a horrible rash. Although the Trader Joe's deodorant did not give me a rash, it also did NOTHING in terms of deodorizing. I was as if I was wearing no deodorant at all, which is embarrassing. I waited a few more weeks to give it another try and nothing. I was really hopeful that this would work but it doesn't do much of anything. I strongly discourage someone from buying this product as it did not work for me at all.
This has been my daily deodorant for about a year now. I've tried a lot of herbal/natural deodorants, and a lot seem to be ineffective. I wanted something that was aluminum free (although some people make the argument that the ingredients in this are as bad as aluminum, but I digress...), and found this. Its extremely wet when you apply it (duh, its a roll-on) but it seems to take longer than a roll-on should to dry. So, if you're in a hurry in the mornings, its hard to use this deodorant because you can't just roll it on, pull on a shirt, and run out the door without your shirt getting a little wet. It works all day. Its NOT an anti-perspirant, per se, but it does seem to control my sweating regardless. While using this product, you won't smell, but you will sweat a little. I keep a stick herbal deodorant around too (doesn't work as well as the Liquid Rock, though) for those times when I want to re-apply before going out and don't want to wait for this product to dry. The worst thing about this product is the packaging. It is HORRIBLE for traveling. The first time I took this with me, it leaked all over the place. If you want to take this anywhere, wrap it in cellophane and hope for the best because it WILL leak no matter how tightly you have it closed. If you're looking for a natural, aluminum free deodorant that WORKS, try this product. Just don't travel with it and be prepared to let it dry after you apply it. As far as natural deodorants go, it is probably the best I have ever used. EDIT: Forgot to add a note about scents. I've used the Lavender, which has a nice scent and is very mellow. Watch out for the patchouli though, it IS as strong as you think it would be :P
Cleansers -Unlisted Brand - Kirkland Daily Facial Cleansing Towelettes
argentina_i 11/9/2009 9:06:00 PM
I LOVE these cleansing wipes! You can get them at Costco super cheap (like $11), and when I got them Costco had a coupon for them, so they were a pretty good bargain. They very moist and smell good. They have two sides, one textured and one not (for the eyes). When you get them, you get four of the bigger sized packs (with the plastic lid) and two travel sized packs (with sticky, re-sealable lids). I love the travel sized packs, since I travel so often, they're a lifesaver. I love having them on long-haul flights when I feel like I want to 're-fresh' my face, and when I get off the plan to my destination but can't quite wash my face at the airport to apply makeup :-) I used them every night after work to get all my makeup off, and its extremely effective at getting waterproof eye makeup off. I haven't had any adverse skin reactions, and my skin usually freaks out when I introduce new products.
I spent a couple of years traveling quite a bit, and I didn't want the hassle of carrying too many different things with me, so I was recommended this lotion. I used it as a day cream, night cream, and also on but bites, burns, and cuts (weird, I know, but the tea tree oil helped with the itching and is great on that kind of stuff). The texture is sort of watery, but a little bit goes a long way. It dries quickly, isn't thick but still moisturizers. The smell is a bit particular, so if you don't like the smell of tea tree oil, stay away! I loved that this moisturizer is so versatile, and for the price, its a great value. I wish it didn't come in a jar, but I'd still recommend it pretty highly.