At last! A decent lip balm with spf! I work outside in all weathers and a good quality, moisturing lip balm with spf is vital to me. I have been using Elizabeth Arden 8 Hour lip balm quite happily, other than it's so expensive. This is less than half the price and works equally well, if not better. It goes on smoothly, has a light natural vanilla scent, is very moisturising and doesn't leave that wierd, white gummy residue in the corners of my mouth. It doesn't make my lips look strangely white, either, which a lot of spf products tend to do. Top marks.
I've been using this for nearly a month now and I'm quietly impressed with the results. I've had PCOS related acne to a lesser or greater degree for over 20 years now. The only treatment that has really worked was the contraceptive Dianette, which I can no longer take. So, this must be a familiar story to a lot of you, I was on the endless search for something to clear my blackheads, blocked pores and spots. I was using Proaciv, which was ok-ish, and Retin-A (red, sore, sun sensitive flakey skin...) until it was discontinued. Right, that's the background out of the way! I've been using the DS (in combination with Finacea) for four weeks now and the difference is amazing. I use a makeup remover first (Dermalogica's Precleanse) and then a small amount of the cleanser twice a day. It stings slightly, especially if it goes in my eyes, but not unbearably so. My skin is now so much smoother, clearer, less sore looking and red. Yes, I've still got blocked pores and a few spots, although nowhere near as many as before. I can honestly say that, for me, no other cleanser has worked so well.
I have been using this for about six weeks now and, generally, I'm very happy with the products and the results. I have had moderate acne for well over 25 years and the only thing that improves it is a course of Dianette. Due to my age and, well, being a bit mental, that is no longer an option for me. So, having tried pretty much every skin care range for my blackheads, blocked pores and bumpy skin, varying from cheap high street brands to the 'designer' ones, I fell for the advertising and ordered the four step system from Proactiv. I very quickly realised that the renewing cleanser was too harsh for my face. While it worked very well, it left me very red afterwards which didn't fade or settle down during the day. That has now been relegated to being my body wash and is doing a very good job at it. I have continued to use the toner, day and night lotions as directed and the improvement in my skin has been wonderful. I still get blacheads and blocked pores, but they are nowhere near as abundant as previously. The underskin bumps on my forehead have completely disappeared. Plus, the oilyness and shine have lessened and my skin doesn't regrease as quickly as before. The products are a little on the exspensive side. That hasn't stopped me from reordering the products individually so I can tailor their use to my needs. Great stuff!
Sunscreen -Peter Thomas Roth - Uber Dry Sunscreen SPF 30
janeerackley 5/9/2012 4:59:00 AM
If only all sunscreens were like this! I struggle to find something that is oil free, confortable, doesn't aggrevate my acne and is non - shiny on my skin, but this ticks all of those boxes. It goes on a little thick and can be a bit drying. Other than that, it's the best facial sunscreen I've tried and I have no intention of even looking for an alternative. The only negatives are that it's not available here in the UK and is too expensive for use all over my body.
Misc Beauty Tools -Clarisonic - Pro Skincare Brush
janeerackley 4/24/2011 8:13:00 PM
I sooooo wanted this to work for my skin, not least because of the high price. I am getting close to middle aged, I still have greasy skin with quite bad acne break outs and on top of that it's sensetive and prone to excessive redness as well. Not the easiest of skin types to manage! I read A LOT of reviews for this before I decided to buy it. Overall, the reviews have been very good. I did notice that a large proportion of the negative reviews seemed to be from my age range and skin type, but being optimystic and desperate for better skin, I chose to ignore those ones!!! The first two days of use, with my regular cleanser were great. My skin was softer and clearer. Then it went down hill rapidly from there. After over a month of the worst breakouts of large, angry, inflamed spots I've ever had in my life (no exageration) I had to admit that this wasn't just my skin purging and it was only getting worse. I tried various settings with various gentle pH neatral cleansers, all to no avail. There was a slight positive in that the pores on my nose were clearer, but this wasn't worth the carnage to the rest of my face. I have stopped using this for nearly four weeks now and my skin is still settling down. It's a lot better than what is was, but still much worse than before it got Clarisonic'd. ;-(
Liquid -Clinique - Redness Solutions Makeup SPF 15 with Probiotic Technology
janeerackley 2/17/2011 3:40:00 PM
I use - and love! - the Redness relief daily moisturiser so I thought I'd try the foundation in the range. Three months later and I really don't like at all. I'm very fair and the lack of shades means even the lightest one is still a bit too dark and orangey for me. Application isn't very easy and I have to blend it immediatey after sunblock while my skin is still damp. It cakes and makes my skin feel tight within a few hours ;-(
I have quite greasy skin and this is a little on the heavy side, especially for summer. But on the many plus sides, it sinks in easily, rehydrates really well and doesn't irritate. It also causes far less clogging than anything else i've tried, including acne specific products. I find it quite calming, but unfortunately it doesn't do much to reduce the redness. It is expensive, but i don't have to use much so it lasts for more than two months a time. I keep o trying other "miracle" products, only to go back to this every time.
I was very disappointed with this. Although light enough, i felt it never properly absorbed and left my skin feeling sticky and looking shiny. It also irritated slightly. I've gone back to Clarins Sensitive, which is a bit heavy, but so much more comfortable than this. And once you factor in delivery and import duty, is actually cheaper!
I bought this after reading all the reviews here. Although it is cheap enough in itself, when delivery and Import Duty was added on, it would have been cheaper to get a top end brand available here. I really wanted this to work, but there is too much glycerin in this for my skin. It made my skin re grease quite quickly and induced quite a few small white heads, which i never usually get. I have gone back to using Pure Nuff Stuff, which is available online in this country and about the best i've ever used.
Cleansers -Clarins - Gentle Foaming Cleanser for Dry or Sensitive Skin
janeerackley 3/3/2009 4:51:00 AM
I have only been using this for about a week, but so far i am quite impressed. I suffer the twin demons of acne and very sensetive skin, so find it hard to find a foaming face wash that cleans thoroughly without agravating. This is aimed at dry skin and i was surprised when the sales assistant recommended it. However, it cleanses really well and doesn't make my skin produce loads more oil to compensate. My spots have lessened slightly - any improvement is welcome! - and so has the redness and flakeyness. I love the smell, even though it is quite strong, and my only complaint is the price :-( Update: I've had to stop using this as it has really clogged my pores. Now using it a s a very expensive shaving cream for my legs.
Sunscreen -Clarins - UV PLUS Protective Day Screen SPF 40
janeerackley 2/23/2009 12:59:00 PM
I have quite oily, sensitive skin and this is about the only sunscreen i have tried so far that doesn't irritate or leave my face shiny and greasy.