Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno - Active Naturals Eczema Care Moisturizing Cream
jen11 4/12/2008 9:19:00 PM
Best OTC Eczema cream ever! Very moisturizing, and causes no irritation. I love it so much!
Lotions/ Creams -La Roche Posay - Lipikar Lipid-Replenishing Body Emollient
jen11 3/26/2007 7:50:00 PM
Outstanding body moisturizer. I get dry patches on my arms and legs each winter. They become very sensitive and can take a very long time to recover. Most moisturizers would either sting me or do not provide long period of moisturization . I have tried many different moisturizers. The most effecitve one for my dry patches is LRP Lipikar. And it is completely painless for my sensitive skin. I have not tried it on my face or all over my body. I only applied small dots to my dry patches, and it is perfect for that -- really giving my skin the moisture barrier that it needs. It does look greasy when I first apply it to my skin. But the greasiness on my dry patches goes away after a couple of hours. To be frank, I feel the greasyness is necessary to lock the moisture inside my skin, and perhaps that is why it is more effective than other moisturizers. I am indifferent to the smell (neither good nor bad).
Lotions/ Creams -Aveeno - Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream
jen11 8/25/2006 1:39:00 AM
A few weeks ago, I had a severe case of eczema on my neck. My neck was super red, inflamed, super itchy and super sensitive. My skin there lost its ability to retain water and was dry like a thin piece of transparent paper. I tried all sorts of moisturizers -- paula's choice, eucerin, vaseline advanced healing, aquaphor, cetaphil. I find all of them irritating and made my neck redder and itchier. Olive oil was not irritating, but it doesn't bring relief for my itchiness and redness. After 3 days, my neck was in such a horrible state. I had to re-apply moisturizers every 15 minutes in order to prevent the skin from becoming paper-dry. But each application brought so much pain and irritation. I finally bought Aveeno Baby Soothing Relief Moisture Cream based on the rave reviews here. It brought such soothing instant relief when I put it on my neck. I did not feel any pain or itch that whole night (without the use of any other medication). The redness and inflammation was gone when I woke up the next day. However, the cream by itself was not moisturizing enough for me. This was because my skin barrier on my neck was very very weak -- I couldn't retain any moisture. So I mixed Aveeno baby cream with some olive oil and put that on my neck after spraying with Avene water. That provided enough moisture for the whole night (note, olive oil alone was not enough for me either. It had to be mixed with the Aveeno BSRMC to keep my neck moisturized). After 3 days, my neck was normalized. My severe eczema has never healed so quickly in the past. Aveeno BSRMC is indeed the very best thing that I have tried for eczema. It is even more effective than OTC cortisome cream, without the side-effects of cortisome. If you don't have eczema and you are just looking for a rich moisturizer, you might want to try something else. But if you have a severe case of red, itchy eczema, this is holy grail.
Nivea q10 really irritated and 'burned' my sensitive skin. After using Nivea q10, a patch of my skin become red and inflamed, and it left an ugly mark after it healed. I switched to Eucerin q10 cream(for sensitive skin), and there was no irritation at all from the Eucerin q10.
I have used this for over a month now, and I have already seen significant results. My sunspots are much lighter, and the depth of the wrinkles around my eyes have been greatly reduced. I have very sensitive skin, but this product does not irritate my skin at all. I could even use it all around my eyes! When you apply it around your eyes, make sure you apply a thin layer. When I apply a very thick layer, I get a very warm sensation for 10 seconds or so (After 10 seconds, I would feel completely normal again and there would be no lingering irritation). I usually apply it in the morning. Then I wait 10 minutes or so before I apply my sunscreen. Then I wait 10 minutes or so before I put on my makeup. This product has lots of antioxidants, and they are great for fighting the free-radicals caused by the UV rays that escape through my sunscreen. Antioxidants are always great during the day. I have never used makeup directly over this product, so I don't know if there will be problems. But I have not experienced any problems when I apply sunscreen over this, then makeup over the sunscreen.
Sunscreen -Avene - Avene Lait Ecran Extreme SPF 60
jen11 11/16/2005 7:47:00 PM
I have dry, very sensitive skin. After I started to use retinol, I become even more sensitive to many ingredients in lotions or sunscreens. But I can tolerate Avene sunscreens very well. No irritation at all. As for the white cast, it is not too bad for me (I have light asian skin). It is much less whitening than the physical sunscreens using TiO2 and ZnO. However, the Avene is sticky. But I found 2 tricks to deal with the stickiness -- (1) I apply a very, very thin layer of June Jacobs micronized zinc SPF 30 on my cheeks on top of the Avene after the Avene is on my face for 10 minutes or so. The matteness of JJ (it is ZnO and TiO2) really takes away the stickiness of the Avene. OR (2) Use power with SPF. I would only do this if I am not going to spend the whole day under the full sun. If I were to be under the sun the whole day, I would just wear Avene without anything else. Now that the winter is here (and it is bitterly cold and windy right now), I really really appreciate the moisture and richness provided by the Avene sunscreen. It protects my face very well from the harshness of the environment. In the past winters, I always felt as if many 'knives' were cutting across my face when the winter wind blows towards me. No wonder everyone covers their face with a scarf here. But now, my face doesn't feel painful at all. Avene's moisture and richness are really protective. It stays on and remain moist (in a good way) the whole day.
Sunscreen -Avene - Creme Teintee Protection Extreme SPF 60 (60B 60A)
jen11 11/8/2005 4:12:00 PM
I have dry sensitive skin. I use this as a bronzer on top of my sunscreen. This is excellent as a bronzer with high PPD. It brings life to my cheeks which are ghostly white due to sunscreen. It looks just right on my skin, not too dry, not too oily, just dewy and gives a nice glow. It does not irritate my skin at all, though it has a heavy fragrance (my skin is usually very sensitive to fragrances. But this one does not irritate my skin).
Treatments (Eye) -Clinique - Repairwear- Intensive Eye Cream
jen11 10/24/2005 6:02:00 AM
I got a sample of this in a GWP event. It has been amazing. It seems to have gotten rid of the wrinkles around my eyes (I am in my thirties). In the past, I have tried various creams/serums around my eyes. They usually make the wrinkles disappear temporarily when I put them on, but the wrinkles would return the next morning after I wash my face. The repairwear eye cream is different. My wrinkles do not return the next morning, even after my shower (so, some deep changes have taken place). I will purchase after I run out of this sample.
Treatments -Paula's Choice - Super Antioxidant Concentrate
jen11 10/23/2005 2:24:00 AM
Updated April 10, 2008 for the new formulation: She changed the formulation of the SAC serum. It used to contain really nice (and expensive) anti-oxidants. Now, she has drastically decreased the amount of these anti-oxidants and made the product pretty much worthless. It used to be worth the money before she changed the formula. Now, it is definitely not worth buying.
I use one pump with Paula's cleanser and one pump with Paula's AHA gel. It dispenses just the correct amount -- not too much, not too little. Before I got this pump, I often poured out more product than needed. With this pump, there is no more waste!
I have very sensitive dry skin. This product works great for my skin. It doesn't irritate my skin in the least bit, and it doesn't dry up my skin or give me flakes. It is very light and I often don't even remember that I am wearing a 'makeup'. The coverage is sheer. But you can layer it to get a better coverage. Even with mulitiple layers, it still feels weightless on your face. Love it!
Moisturizers -Eucerin - Extra Protective Moisture Lotion SPF30
jen11 8/16/2005 1:21:00 AM
Update: 4/10/2008: After using retinoid products, my face become more sensitive and I can no longer use this sunscreen -- it causes too much pain to my skin, and it doesn't provide strong enough UV protection. I now use Euro sunscreen Avene. ========================= Original review: I have found a good domestic sunscreen combination that works for dry sensitive skin: Eucerin SPF30 + June Jacobs micronized sheer SPF30. When used alone, June Jacobs is too drying for me and it would give me white flakes (this is characteristic of most physical sunscreens). So, I would put on Eucerin SPF30 (which contains chemical sunscreens as well as physical sunscreens) first as a moisturizing base (it is very moisturizing and it doesn't irritate my very sensitive skin in the least bit), then I put on June Jacobs. The Eucerin is not water-resistant, and could melt under high heat. The matte June Jacobs sunscreen seems to 'set' it very well, so that the Eucerin would not melt/move underneath it (this is very important for the eyelids). The June jacobs is hard to cleanse off when used alone. Having Eucerin underneath it makes it much easier to remove.
Cleansers -Paula's Choice - One Step Face Cleanser-Normal to Dry Skin
jen11 6/18/2005 11:41:00 PM
It could not remove my water-resistent sunscreens. Other than that, it cleanses very well. I have sensitive, dry skin. Using this cleanser twice a day was too drying and too harsh for me (it sensitized my skin, and gave me dry patches), so I only use it once a day. If I am wearing a water-resistant sunscreen, then I would use cleansing oil first, followed by One step Normal to dry cleanser. Although this cleanser appears to be more expensive than drug store cleansers, you only need to use very little of it (I used to use cetaphil. The amount of Paula I need to achieve a clean face is half the amount of Cetaphil). So, it is about as cheap as the drug store cleanser in the end. I purchased a pump from Paula's site to use with this cleanser bottle. Her pump pumps out the perfect amount of the cleanser. Without this pump, I would have squeezed out a lot more product than necessary and caused waste. So I highly recommend using the pump with the cleanser bottle.
My skin is dry and extremely sensitive. This does not irritate or dry up my skin. I love the scent of this cleanser (its scent does not cause any irritation to my sensitive skin). And I love the feel of my face after washing with this cleanser - even if I don't put on any moisturizers, my skin is still soft and supple. So if I have to choose between this and cetaphil, I would definitely choose this. I feel pampered after using this. I would not count on this to remove water-resistant sunscreens or heavy makeup.
Provides enough moisture without too much irritation.