Friday, January 13, 2012

Let's Talk Skin!

Happy Friday!

I was reading a magazine the other day, and there was a survey that I found really interesting.
The question was:

What do you spend the most time on?
a. Hair b. Makeup c. Skin Care d. Outfit

I was torn between skin care and outfit, but when I really thought about it, I realized that I spend the most time on skin care. What about you?

I am the most paranoid about my skin -- I hate breakouts and I hate dry skin. :/

I am very fortunate to have been given the chance to try out an amazing line of skin care products from Stages of Beauty. They have different sets of products according to age, and I think that is one of the best things about it. :)



I use their Radiance in your 20s line.

I will be reviewing their products soon, but in the meantime you can check out my thoughts on their Radiance Treatment Cream here.


I also have some magazine scans about skin care from last year. 
They're quite old, but I figured the information is still useful. ;)

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NEVER SKIP HYDRATION: 
Kate Somerville says the biggest mistake women make treating acne is over drying the skin. Oily skin still needs hydrating with oil-free moisturizers.

If you have oily skin...
- VMV HYPOALLERGENICS Spring Fresh Oil-Free Nourisher SPF 15, $27
- SKINCEUTICALS Blemish + Age Defense Salycylic Acid Acne Treatment, $78
- CLARISEA De-Blemish Black Mud Mask, $32

BE GENTLE WITH YOUR SKIN:
Amy Wechsler advises people with dry or sensitive skin not to exfoliate every day. Instead use a mild cleanser and avoid products with acids that sting the skin.

I use my Radiance cleanser everyday, and I use my face scrub 2-3 times a week.

If you have dry or sensitive skin...
- PHILOSOPHY Keep the Peace Super Soothing Moisturizer for Redness and Sensitivity, $38
- EVE LOM Intense Hydration Serum, $95

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TAKE THE DERMATOLOGIST'S OFFICE HOME:
Go beyond everyday skin care with specialized masks, peels, or serums that penetrate the skin and treat specific conditions. Since they can also make your skin more sun-sensitive, use an SPF of 30 or higher.

I also have a serum that I absolutely love! 
I need to get myself a moisturizer with good SPF, though.
Any suggestions?

If you need at-home deep treatments...
- PETER THOMAS ROTH Laser-Free Resurfacer, $75
- SK-II Cellumination Mask-In Lotion, $75
- KATE SOMERVILLE Clinic-To-Go Resurfacing Peel Pads, $48 (for 16)

DON'T OVERLOOK THE EYE CREAM!: 
Eyelid skin is the thinnest skin in the body, so it can dry really easily. Most eye creams are very emollient, so they put moisture back into the eyelid.

If you need an eye cream...
- OLAY Total Effects Line and Dark Circle Minimizing Brush, $18.99
- EAU THERMALE AVENE Eluage Eye Contour Care, $38.50
- Dr. Brandt Dark Circles Away, $55

Do you have other eye cream suggestions?
Which skin care products do you currently use? Are there any specific products you would suggest we try?

Have a fantastic weekend, everyone!!! :D

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43 comments:

  1. Really some great ideas. Olay is usually my favorite.

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  2. I think I spend the most time on my outfits, because things never seem to fit the same from day to day! Argh!

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  3. ellie-- olay is an excellent brand! :)

    Meri-- hahaha, that's the second thing i spend the most time on. ;)

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  4. These are great tips! I haven't really thought about all these so it's great that you talked about them here. Happy weekend, Mimi!

    --Olivia :)

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    1. hi olivia! you're very welcome! and don't worry, when i was your age, i didn't think about skin care at all! ;)

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  5. I have very sensitive skin. I use to have a severe case of acne! Thank goodness it's now gone. Although lately, I've been breaking out A LOT. Probably because of stress from school and all. Thank you for the tips. They will be of great help, that's for sure. :D

    :)
    Carrie
    http://readmylifeascarrie.blogspot.com/

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    1. you're welcome! i've had a few breakouts too! and yeah, it must be from stress and also the weather. but at least we've got products to help us take care of our skin, right? ;)

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  6. If not counting all Spa and facials....I'd say outfit! Sometimes it takes me a looot of time to decide what to wear:)

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    1. haha, it takes me quite a while to decide what to wear too. ;)

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  7. I'm always worried my skin looks bad. I'd love perfect skin!

    coppergarden.blogspot.com
    x

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    1. i'd love to have perfect skin too! ;)

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  8. Thanks for sharing this great tip. I think this is the best way to spend our money,perfect skin is every woman´s dream.Kisses from www.stylepicture.blogspot.com

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    1. you're very welcome! and yeah, skin care products are really good investments. ;)

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  9. Such great tips! I really have to moisturize..especially, this winter. My skin is so dry.

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    1. yeah, winter really makes my skin so dry too!

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  10. Great information and helpful tips!! Happy Saturday.

    Shannon
    http://whimsical-inspiration.blogspot.com/

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  11. I definitely spend the most on clothes but I do try to buy nice skincare products :)

    Rosie x

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    1. i buy clothes more often too, but i like to get good skin care products. ;)

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  12. Skincare is very important! I think sometimes its overlooked because it can be "covered up" by make up. I am definitely guilty...lol!

    Jen Munoz
    http://luxe11.blogspot.com, http://luxe11blog.tumblr.com

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    1. i knooow, that is so true! but having really clear skin is definitely way better than having flawless makeup, at least i think so. ;)

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  13. Thank you so much for this! I always love reading skin recommendations. I have super dry skin, so moisturising is a must, otherwise I'm a big flake, literally. And I agree - eye cream is sooooo important!

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  14. what a great and helpful post! :)

    I spend the most time on my skin as well

    I've never heard of VMV, so I'll have to check them out.

    For moisturizer,
    I'm currently using 100% Pure's pomegranate antioxidant hydration with SPF20
    and I have been using it for almost 2 years now. I do like it, but I feel like
    I should try something new now... it's just so difficult to find one with a good
    amount of SPF (15-25). I love 100% Pure's coffee bean eye cream! :)

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    1. yay, i'm glad you found it helpful! :D
      oooh, your moisturizer sounds good -- i definitely have to check that out, i need one with good SPF. and thanks for the eye cream recommendation! :)

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  15. I know Juice Beauty has a moisturizer with SPF15.
    I wanted to try that, so maybe you can look into it too :p

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    1. that sounds great too! thanks for all the recommendation!!! :D

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  16. great tips! i try to be gentle with my face as well.
    i use st. ives' green tea cleanser + scrub--they exfoliate
    and smell really good! :)

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    1. i love that one too! i agree -- it smells great, it's gentle, and it exfoliates well. :)

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  17. These are amazing skin tips! I think I spend the most time on my outfit too, but I should dedicate more time on skin care. I use my Aveeno moisturizer and while it's good I kinda want to try other brands too.;)

    Love, Belle

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    1. i think it's a good idea to branch out and try other types of skin care products. it's good to know if other brands will work better for us. :)

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  18. Great post. I think I spend most on outfits...even though I've never anything to wear lol xx

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  19. Great tips! I use an eye cream by Algentist and it's fantastic!

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    1. i'm gonna check out that eye cream. ;)

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  20. I totally needed this today, I am not sure if the weather changes we have been having in LA this winter of what... But I need an intervention with my face-treatment. Thank you so much for sharing. Even though we think we know our skin, I feel like there are so many factors that play into what we are dealing with!

    xo,
    www.trendrighter.com

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    1. yeah, i totally feel like the crazy weather changes has a lot to do with our skin drying and breaking out. :/

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  21. I would say skin care! Super important. I use a Loreal UV Perfect SPF 50: http://www.amazon.com/Dermo-Expertise-Perfect-Lasting-Protector-SPF50/dp/B004L5YI6W, LOVE LOVE LOVE it. Its feels great on the skin, not heavy, very hydrating and has SPF 50!

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    1. wow, spf 50?! that's amazing!!! thanks for the link! :D

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  22. I can't wait for your Stages of Beauty review! I heard a lot of good stuff about that line. Thank you for sharing these scans too. I have a sensitive skin so I'm really picky when it comes to products. I also need a really good eye cream. :)

    Lots of love, B
    http://vivalabreee.blogspot.com/
    Tweet me: Viva_La_Breee

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    1. aww, i'm glad you're excited about my review, it's coming up real soon! :)
      and you're welcome, i'm always happy to share info with you guys!

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