This is a must-have for protection in dry, windy, freezing weather. The melting point is higher than vaseline-based stuff, so it stays on a lot better than vaseline, aquaphor, etc. Proof- you can't even spread it easily if the container has been stored in a cool place. A layer will stay on your lips through eating/drinking so you will not have to constantly re-apply to maintain protection. You only need a tiny amount, like 1/4 of a pea-sized blob. Use it at night on chapped lips and the skin will likely be soft enough in the morning that you can remove all flaky skin easily w/a moist washcloth. I would probably not be able to wear lipstick at all in the winter w/o this product. A tube lasts forever and it doesn't smell or irritate, unlike unpurified lanolin, which is problematic in both respects. Also good for cuticles & preventing/healing hangnails. They also sell it in wee 0.25 oz tubes that are a little more convenient to carry around but cost more per volume.
this is a really nice lower-spf moisturizer for people who hate sunscreen or for days w/incidental exposure. i think i could even get my SO to wear this. not greasy or sticky or shiny or white, doesn't seem to cause breakouts. i don't have any problems with stinging around my eyes, even as a contact lens wearer. it's very pleasant just as a moisturizer. the fragrance doesn't really bother me. have repurchased many times.
this is a very effective overnight cream antiperspirant that is excellent for sensitive skin. unlike strong antiperspirants in liquid form, like certain dri & triple dry, this never ever stings or itches, even after shaving. supposedly the cream formulation plays some role. this summer has been quite muggy and it has performed well. i've re-purchased probably 3-4 times. i haven't had any problems with white marks or stains, and it doesn't leave a weird residue or feel weird on the skin. the instructions for use are as follows: best applied at night. 1st week: apply monday, tuesday, wednesday, thursday; 2nd week: monday, wednesday, friday; from the 3rd week on, two successive applications (eg monday and tuesday) suffice for a prolonged effect until the end of the week. i use it about every 3 days at night and this seems just fine. the only minus is the fragrance, for very sensitive people. it wears off fairly quickly though.
Sunscreen -Bioderma - Photoderm AKN Mat SPF 40 PPD 26
sillysilly 7/6/2009 2:02:00 PM
just adding ingredients for now:
combination or oily skin
invisible texture - face
Long-lasting matte effect
special sunshine fragrance
WATER (AQUA), DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, OCTOCRYLENE, METHYLENE BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRAMETHYLBUTYLPHENOL, BUTYL METHO- XYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, PTFE, METHYL METHACRYLATE CROSSPOLYMER, C20-22 ALKYL PHOSPHATE, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG-100 STEARATE, SILICA, TRIDECYL SALICYLATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, ECTOIN, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, LAMINARIA OCHROLEUCA EXTRACT, GLYCOLIC ACID, GINKGO BILOBA LEAF EXTRACT , CITRIC ACID, DODECYL GALLATE, C20-22 ALCOHOLS, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE COPOLYMER, XANTHAN GUM, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, SODIUM HYDROXIDE, DISODIUM EDTA, CHLORPHENESIN, PHENOXYETHANOL, FRAGRANCE (PARFUM).
Sunscreen -La Roche Posay - Anthelios SPF 30 AC Fluid Extreme
sillysilly 7/1/2009 2:20:00 PM
overall, very pleased with this. imo, it is just about as matte as shiseido's 55 lotion. it is def. more matte the the regular FEs and doesn't see to migrate as much on the face. it doesn't seem to clog me up. nice ppd/spf ratio! in germany this is labeled as having a ppd of 20. cons: stings a bit around the eyes, slight white cast, but not too bad. may emphasize flakes a bit if skin is dried out and flaky. ... this isn't really a ss intended for dry skins though. as stated on the packaging, it is meant for OILY skins, not DRY.
This is just some package info and ingredients for those interested. I will write a complete review soon. -mattifying -for the face -normal and mixed skin -perfume free -protects against skin pigmentation -water proof Skin tolerance proven in clinical studies - also in cases of acne. Appropriate for sensitive skin, after chemical peels and laser treatments. Innovation: in addition to the highly effective UVA/UVB protection, Eucerin developed the unique biological cell protection with natural licochalcone. This active ingredient is proven to protect skin cells in deeper skin layers from damage caused by the sun. The skin is protected all around. Important tip: Before use, shake well. Apply sunscreen generously to the skin before going into the sun. Regularly reapply sunscreen, especially after swimming. Contains very effective natural active ingredients that can leave yellow traces on lighter clothing. Allow sunscreen to sink in before getting dressed. Ingredients: aqua, cyclomethicone, octocrylene, butylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, glycerin, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, methylpropanediol, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, homosalate, butyrospermum parkii butter, polyamide-5, lauroyl lysine, polymethylsilsesquioxane, titanium dioxide, alcohol denat., ethylhexyl salicylate, phenylbenzimidazole sulfonic acid, glycyrrhiza inflata root extract, tocopheryl acetate, sodium hyaluronate, cetyl peg/ppg-10/1 dimethicone, vp/hexadecene copolymer, trimethoxycaprylylsilane, trisodium edta, bht, phenoxyethanol, ethylparaben, methylparaben
Sunscreen -Eucerin - Sun Lotion Extra Light SPF 50
sillysilly 7/1/2009 1:58:00 PM
I will write a full review later. For now here are the ingredients and some brief package info for those that are interested. "sinks in fast, no sticky skin feeling, water proof" conforms to eu standards ingredients: water, alcohol denat., c12-15 alkyl benzoate, octyldodecanol, butyl methoxydibenzoylmethane, octocrylene, titanium dioxide, bis-ethylhexyloxyphenol methoxyphenyl triazine, butylene glycol dicaprylate/dicaprate, cetyl alcohol, sodium phenylbenzimidazole sulfonate, ceteryl alcohol, myristyl myristate, tocopheryl acetate, glycyrrhiza inflata root extract, glycerin, diethylhexyl butamido triazone, ethylhexyl methoxycinnamate **, tapioca starch, clyceryl stearate se, xanthan gum, peg-40 castor oil, sodium cetearyl sulfate, acrylates/c10-30 alkyl acrylate crosspolymer, trimethoxycaprylylsilane, trisodium edta, phenoxyethanol, methylparaben, parfum **
This is a really nice basic light moisturizer for those of us who don't react well to stuff with silicones. It sinks in quickly and doesn't feel greasy or sticky at all. I've been using this for a couple years now as a replacement for colladerm (which starts to go bad quickly in the bottle, ime, has a slightly off smell, and a slightly sticky feel). The bottle is the perfect size to bring in your bag or on the plane. I actually use this for my hands as well (while on the go) because most products in small packaging that are sold for hands are way too greasy for my taste. My skin is normal, acne-prone, gets dry when the weather is especially cold. 2012: still using this, have gone through many bottles. this is the only thing that never burns when my skin is going crazy.
This is one of the few conditioners that I have repeatedly purchased. I'm not actually in the sun that much, but I used to swim laps almost every day. I still use it even though I haven't been swimming at all in the past year.
This is one of the few Kerastase conditioners without silicones. It seems to detangle very well (makes it very slippery and easy to comb through in the shower) and doesn't weigh my hair down. My mom, who hardly ever takes an interest in personal care products of any kind, loves the way it makes her hair feel. The fragrance is a little strong, but bearable.
The cons are the price and the fact that it comes in a tub. It'd be more sanitary in a squeeze tube of some sort.
My hair is long and somewhere between straight and wavy. I don't heat style it, but the lengths tend to get dry and tangly.
This is one of the worst conditioners I have ever used. I would give it a 0 if I could. I used it twice, and already after the second use, my hair felt like it had a thick waxy coating that made it very difficult to comb. The waxy feel didn't go away until I had washed my hair two more times without using conditioner. Some conditioners simply fail to condition. This is one of those that has actually managed to make my hair feel disgusting... and left it more difficult to comb than if I had gone without conditioner.
The first time I used this, I didn't notice any waxy feel yet, but it also didn't provide any "slip" to help detangle my hair and didn't improve the appearance in any way.
For reference, I have long hair that is between wavy and straight. I avoid blow drying my hair. The lengths tend to get dry and tangled.
Sunscreen -Bioderma - Photoderm SENSITIVE SPF 50+/UVA 40
sillysilly 7/28/2008 1:52:00 PM
The wearability of this is actually similar to the Lait or Fluide, and if I remember right, I'd say the consistency is a little tiny bit thicker. If you can wear the Lait or Fluide, you can probably wear this, if you can't wear the older ones, don't get your hopes up. It is whitening and shiny, not gummy-sticky but still a bit sticky. It doesn't sting around the eyes at all, but gradually collects in my lid crease, leaving an interesting white line. Easy enough to spread, looks more or less okay with powder, not any worse than wearing powder over thickish foundation. The shine will start to break through the powder, but I think the effect is not completely unpleasant- looks slightly "glowy." It was hot today and I was expecting it to become a slippery greasy mess, but it was fine. (I consider my skin "normal" - not oily, not dry)
My skin has become light enough that although it looks slightly white if I only put it on half my face, because of the contrast, people don't seem to think my skin looks abnormally white when I apply to my whole face AND neck (leaving it off my neck makes it pretty obvious that I have whitening stuff on my face).
I'm betting it's not that water resistant because of the way it migrated on my eyelids.
Incidentally, there's a sunscreen with an even higher PPD- the Photoderm MAX Tinted Cream has PPD 41.
• The maximum anti-UVB efficacy and unmatched "extreme anti-UVA" performance of Photoderm SENSITIVE safely protects extremely sensitive skin and prevents sunburn and sun intolerance reactions.
• Its patented Anti-UV sensitivity complex* provides increased protection for very sensitive skin and optimises its tolerance to the sun.
• Photoderm SENSITIVE’s melting texture leaves the skin feeling comfortable and intensely soft. Perfectly colourless when applied, Photoderm SENSITIVE spreads very easily, leaving no oily film.
• Non-comedogenic, Photoderm SENSITIVE is water-resistant and photostable.
• Photoderm SENSITIVE is fragrance-free and ensures excellent tolerance.
* BIODERMA patent
Properties Fragrance-free formula. Water-resistant. Photostable. Non-comedogenic. Hypoallergenic. 100 ml tube
Ingredients WATER (AQUA), DICAPRYLYL CARBONATE, OCTOCRYLENE, BUTYLOCTYL SALICYLATE, METHYLENE BIS-BENZOTRIAZOLYL TETRAMETHYLBUTYLPHENOL, BUTYL METHOXYDIBENZOYLMETHANE, BIS-ETHYLHEXYLOXYPHENOL METHOXYPHEBYL TRIAZINE, C20-22 ALKYL PHOSPHATE, DIPROPYLENE GLYCOL, GLYCERYL STEARATE, PEG 100 STEARATE, TOCOPHERYL ACETATE, MANNITOL, XYLITOL, RHAMNOSE, FRUCTOOLIGOSACCHARIDES, LAMINARIA OCHROLEUCA EXTRACT, CREATINE, GLYCYRRHETINIC ACID, NIACINAMIDE, HYDROLYZED SOY PROTEIN, HYDROLYZED WHEAT PROTEIN, TOCOTRIENOLS, TOCOPHEROL, CAPRYLIC/CAPRIC TRIGLYCERIDE, ORYZA SATIVA (RICE) BRAN OIL, EPIGALLOCATECHIN GALLATE, C20-22 ALCOHOLS, DECYL GLUCOSIDE, XANTHAN GUM, HYDROXYETHYL ACRYLATE/SODIUM ACRYLOYLDIMETHYLTAURATE COPOLYMER, PROPYLENE GLYCOL, BUTYLENE GLYCOL, CITRIC ACID, CAPRYLYL GLYCOL, SODIUM, HYDROXYDE, DISODIUM EDTA, PHENOXYETHANOL, CHLORPHENISIN.
Package Details: (translated from German, so please forgive me if not exactly correct)
Anti-Dandruff Hair Tincture
Dandruff has various causes and even after a successful dandruff-cure, sometimes relapses occur. Kélual Zinc contains the unique ingredient Keluamid, which removes dry and oily dandruff. In addition, zinc sulfate calms itching and reduces redness. With regular use, Kelual Zinc keeps the skin in balance and prevents the reoccurrence of dandruff. Developed under dermatological supervision. Gently massage onto dry or damp scalp daily. Do not rinse. Kélual Hair Tincture does not make the hair greasy. In case of eye contact, rinse immediately.
Ingredients: Water, SD Alcohol 39-C (Alcohol Denat.), Acetamide MEA, Zinc Sulfate, Citric Acid.
Although this is called a lotion in French, it is a watery clear liquid, what I would call a solution. Although I do not actually have dandruff flakes, my scalp sometimes gets itchy, and dandruff treatments seem to improve this. A leave-in treatment is appealing to me because I have the feeling I "last longer" between shampooings. Head and Shoulders actually made one for a while, discontinued it almost right away. Besides that, the base had too many extra ingredients (in my opinion) besides the active. This solution has a minimal base, no oils or silicones, which is good, because I don't need too much extra gunk on my scalp- I would end up having to shampoo more. It is also unperfumed, which I like. It also has no menthol or camphor or similar aromatics which make your head smell like bad cologne and burn a bit to boot. This helps a lot with itchiness. My hair also seems to stay fresh longer- that is, it takes longer to get that 'hair smell,' if you know what I mean. All in all, I am happy with it, and haven't found anything better. I am not sure how well it would work for very severe flaky dandruff though.
Moisturizers -Unlisted Brand - Colladerm Facial Moisturizer
sillysilly 3/9/2008 5:09:00 PM
Ingredients: Water, Glycerin, Soluble Collagen, Hydrolyzed Elastin, Allantoin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, Sorbic Acid, Octoxynol-9.
This is about as basic as a moisturizer gets, unless you're using just glycerin & water or oil or NaPCA or something like that. No oils. Just humectants (glycerin, collagen, elastin). The preservatives are fairly innocuous, as far as I know. I would really be surprised if anyone had a reaction to it. It is extremely light- should be very safe for acne-prones (like me). I just use a dab now and then right after washing my face if my skin is going through a drier phase in order to avoid that slightly tight feeling after washing. I also use it to dilute La Roche Posay's Toleriane Fluide if I need a little bit more moisture, or my Tazorac if I feel I need to use a little less Taz on a given day and need something to thin the Taz out so I can spread that smaller amount over my entire face.
Drawbacks: This product has no perfume, and while that normally is a good thing, the smell of the stuff bothers me a little. I don't know if it's the collagen and elastin themselves or what, but it smells a little off. Sometimes I also wonder if the preservatives are really sufficient, because I had a couple bottles go cloudy on me. I also don't really want to think about where they get the collagen and elastin from.
All in all, I will still keep buying it, as it is effective and not too expensive. I have gone through at least 10 bottles already, if not more.
You can get it at www.colladerm.com
edit: I'm lowering my rating of this. The bottles consistently have an "off" smell as if they've gone bad. I've noticed some cloudiness as well. Maybe they don't use enough preservative. It's a little too sticky for my taste now as well.
Would I buy this product again? I've gone through at least four bottles (of the roll-on, there are other versions as well), if not more. If you like Certain-Dri, but perhaps find it not working as well, or like me, were put off by the fact that it can start to smell a little funny because the only thing in it working against bacteria is baking soda, you might look into this stuff.
It has not one, not two, but three anti-perspirant ingredients: Aqua, Aluminum Zirconium Tetrachlorohydrex, PPG-15 Stearyl Ether, Cyclomethicone, Propylene Glycol, Steareth-2, Steareth-21, Aluminum Sesquichlorohydrate, Aluminum Chlorohydrate.
Like Certain-Dri, you are supposed to apply this at night only, and shower as normal in the morning. Similarly, you may not have to use it every day. I really like Certain-Dri, but sometimes it has really let me down, plus the bottle getting stinky really bothers me. Four bottles of Triple Dry later, I can say I have never, ever, ever felt sweaty or worried at all about it. It has become a non-issue. The major problem is that this may be difficult for those in the US to find. I believe it is a UK brand, but I am able to buy it at an Apotheke in Germany. When I posted about it on the Skincare Board, MUAer JuniMoon said it can be ordered here: http://www.westons.com/acatalog/Online-Catalogue-LOR-790002-6.html update- now prefer vichy 7 day treatment. no stinging, seems to work better.
I also really love honey scents, like the two previous reviewers. Hee, and also wish my skin smelled like honey... ... anyway ... The unfortunate thing is, this smells nothing like honey. It is very sweet and lasted through at least two showers, but it smells almost like... butter to me. Not like honey at all. :(