Treatments -Desert Essence - Tea Tree Oil (100% Pure Australian)
jenuber 4/29/2004 3:00:00 PM
This stuff is my new HG zit treatment. Its cheap at $6.95 for a decent sized bottle at my local health food stores, and I've barely made a dent in it after 2 months. I've never been successful using salycylic acid or benzoil peroxide, but this doesn't bother me. I apply it on any zits prior to going to bed, and it really improves them by the morning. I apply it straight--not diluted, and yet it doesn't hurt my sensitive skin. Now the smell is VERY strong. VERY strong. The first few days I used it, I thought I would never get used to it, but it does fade on your skin fairly quickly (over about a half hour) and especially if you use just a dab. Now, I actually kind of like the smell, and I also like the tingly feeling when I apply it. Finally, it works great for other things too, bug bites, athlete's foot, etc.
My new HG! I love this lotion so much. Its about $20 for 1.5 oz, but the way I use it, it will last me forever. Although its a cream form, not a lotion, I find that if I use a dab on my face when my face is still damp from washing, it works like a lotion, slides around easily, does not create shine or a greasy feeling, and sinks in really well. Leaves my skin feeling really well moisturized but not at all sticky or greasy. Its just great.
I love this toner. I've actually been using it in the morning instead of lotion (at least in summertime). I have sensitive skin with an oily t-zone, and this seems to give a bit of hydration so the rest of my face doesn't get flaky, but is extremely light so it doesn't cause greasy shine. Its definitely not an astringent toner, has no alcohol or anything like that, but it makes my face feel refreshed and hydrated and ready for makeup, so I like it. It also seems to calm down and dry out any little acne flare ups I get. Plus, one bottle has lasted me forever, so its actually a pretty good bargain.
UPDATED: I've now been using this for a few months, and it is totally my HG, cannot live without it cleanser. It is a very slippery green gel that smells sort of like what you'd think algae smells like. That part was a bit tough to get used to, especially in the early months of my pregnancy when anything could make me nauseous. However, its a very natural smell, not perfumey at all, so I can handle it. As for the way it works--it is cooling and soothing and super gentle, which feels great on my sensitive skin. It removes all my makeup--I don't wear foundation, but I do wear eyeliner, mascara, shadow, concealer, etc. And it takes it all off. The trick is to massage it into your skin and all around your face and even on your eyes--doesn't burn or sting my eyes in the slightest--for 30 seconds to 1 minute, adding water if necessary to keep it slick. It's thick enough that you can use it at the sink or in the shower, easily. And afterward my skin feels awesome, like its already toned. That said, this is not for someone who likes a foamy cleanser that leaves your skin squeaky clean; this one doesn't foam at all. My skin feels clean afterward, but not stripped, which is why I've always preferred cream cleanser, but this does the same as a cream cleanser but without leaving any kind of film. I love it. My first 8 oz bottle lasted for about 4 months, so now I consider it a total bargain.
Cleansers -Dove - Sensitive Essentials fragrance free foaming cleanser
jenuber 4/13/2004 10:54:00 AM
Too chemical smelling and tasting for me. Not that I tried to taste it, but if even a bit of the suds slides down onto my lips it tastes just awful! And smells bad too, like harsh chemicals. It made my eyelids peel, so not good to use as a makeup remover (unlike Neutrogena's fresh foaming cleanser). Well, I gave it a try. Won't buy again.
Moisturizers -Dove - Sensitive Essentials Day Lotion
jenuber 4/13/2004 10:49:00 AM
First, the cap on the bottle is ridiculous, and the squeeze out top makes it nearly impossible not to squeeze out way too much lotion. Second, this is just too heavy and thick to be called a lotion imo. Its like a thick cream. It is much too heavy for my combo skin with oily t-zone, particularly in the summertime. Well, I liked the ingredient list, and no bad smell, just too heavy and dumb packaging.
Concealers -Physicians Formula - Powder Finish Concealer Stick in Light
jenuber 4/2/2004 11:45:00 AM
***Updated**** I'm lowering my review of this one. I think I tried the gentle cover stick years ago and hated it, all I know is, I always thought this product was junk, until I tried this. I apply mine with a small makeup brush (actually a lip brush) and it covers pretty well and lasts ALL DAY! I thought stick kind of concealors made dry skin flaky and sat on top of the skin, but this stuff actually seems to do okay (unless its a really bad one).
I love this stuff! It does smell exactly like fruit loops, actually. I normally don't like scented stuff, but this is mild and fades immediately, so I don't mind it. It goes on like a burst of moisture and looks and feels like a very emollient moisturizing cream, but within a minute disappears into your skin and leaves a matte, bare skin, natural feel, except I can't stop touching my cheeks and neck because they are so smooth and soft! I've only been using it for a few days and already I'm getting a radiant glow. I am using it for day time with Origins Silent Treatment over it for spf protection. Awesome combo! They say to apply a separate moisturizer after using it, but I don't need it. I have combo sensitive skin with an oily t-zone, and using this is sufficiently moisturizing for my cheeks, without making my t-zone oily. Yesterday I went ALL DAY at work without using my oil absorbing sheets, which is a first for me. ***updated to add, I now am thinking this stuff breaks me out. I seem to get lots of little whiteheads all over in places I normally wouldn't each time I use it, so I've stopped. Its a luxurious hand cream:-(
Yowch! I must be allergic to BP or something. I tried this as a mask on the first day and left it on for only 2 minutes. Afterward my skin looked sunburnt and felt very sensitive. So I waited a week and then tried it only as a cleanser. I got a red bumpy rash all over my face that took a full week to go away. Never using this again. I thought it was supposed to be gentle?!?! Oh well.
Moisturizers -Eucerin - Daily Control & Care Moisturizer
jenuber 1/13/2004 6:23:00 PM
Hmm. This is an interesting product. It dries very matte, which is good. It seems to moisturize, too. But, it also stings a little, and when used in combination with the clear pore cleanser that is supposed to go with it, the end result is very drying. It feels thick when you squeeze it out of the tube, but seems to soak in okay, and also, like I said, very matte. I just don't like the stinging.
Cleansers -Eucerin - Pore Purifying Foaming Wash ] [DISCONTINUED]
jenuber 1/13/2004 6:19:00 PM
Wow, I'm really liking this product in spite of myself. I generally don't like foaming cleansers, too drying, BUT, since I stopped taking BCPs my skin has kept breaking out really badly for the hormonal monthlies and its driving me crazy! I'm 32 and don't need to relive high school. So I bought this because salycilic acid and BP are usually too harsh for me, and this one sort of touts that it clears skin with lactic acid instead, which is supposed to be gentler. Now, I don't know if its the lactic acid or just that I needed to dry things up a little more, but my skin has really cleared up. I can only use it once a day--it is drying, but I'm getting good results so far.
This is my favorite cleanser of all time. I use it regularly, until I feel like I'm missing something, go out and try new ones, and always come back to this one. I've never had a problem with it not removing all of my makeup (but I don't use that much), and I feel like it soothes my skin, never breaks me out, and I like the smell, too, hint of sunflower oil (its not fragrance, just the way it smells). For those who like foaming cleansers, this one's not for you, but if you like cream cleansers, this is a great basic cleanser. I like it better than many of the more expensive cream cleansers I've tried that have fruit oils, fragrances, scrubbing grains, etc (aveda, origins, avalon organics). And I also can't use cetaphil, it breaks me out, feels too chemically and leaves a film imo, whereas neutrogena extra gentle washes away clean.
Moisturizers -Neutrogena - Combination Skin Moisture Oil Free
jenuber 1/13/2004 5:59:00 PM
I keep coming back to this over and over again. On the one hand, it doesn't DO much for me--no fancy ingredients, no real difference in my skin, but on the other hand it doesn't do anything bad either, and that's why I keep using it. I think what some people think of as glue-like consistency, I think of as more like a combination gel/light lotion consistency. It is extremely light, doesn't make my face shiny, and yet provides me with enough moisture even for winter (I'm combo sensitive, but I like this better than Neutrogena Oil Free Sensitive). Since it doesn't have sunscreen I apply Origins Silent Treatment over it when it has soaked in, and that works great. Still matte.
Skincare - Face -Neutrogena - Alcohol-Free Antiseptic Cleanser
jenuber 1/13/2004 5:56:00 PM
This is my favorite toner, by a landslide. It works well, leaves my face clean and not sticky, doesn't increase oil production, doesn't irritate my skin.
Concealers -Prescriptives - Traceless Skin Responsive Corrector
jenuber 1/13/2004 5:54:00 PM
I like the texture of this concealer. I found a good color match, and it really disappears into your skin. HOWEVER, for the month that I was using it, I kept wondering why I kept getting zits in the same places over and over again--basically, this stuff was breaking me out. Then I used it to cover the breakouts, and then it gave me more zits right in the same spot. Since I've stopped using it, I've had no further problems.