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I am sure that many people have elaborate skin care regimens that are wild and mysterious to me. Ever since, I don't know, over a year ago kelowna posted a survey to her friends list to see what they do I've been wondering if really maybe there is something I can do that is more than just soap and water. My skin has always been blemishy and I chalked it up to nature, oh well. But I'm curious... what are your skin rituals?

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esperanzazine
Jul. 24th, 2006 04:02 am (UTC)
I do not have a very elaborate skin-care regimen. I use Clean & Clear products I buy at the grocery store-- a foaming cleanser, a blackhead-eliminating scrub, and an acne spot treatment. I have normal to oily skin, and I rarely need a moisturizer. I wash my face every time I shower and try to use the scrub once or twice a week.

It's funny, because this is a big deal for me-- I used to just wash my face with bar soap when I showered, if I remembered! But now that I'm a little older, I'm trying to take better care of myself, and also now I wear makeup more, so it matters more how I wash my face.
snidegrrl
Jul. 24th, 2006 01:53 pm (UTC)
Interesting that you say you wear makeup more! I've always not been much of a makeup user, but (because I'm weird) it seems counterintuitive to me that as one gets older one would find more reasons to wear makeup. Although probably to most people, that's completely intuitive! What makes you want to wear makeup more?
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angela_la_la
Jul. 24th, 2006 04:07 am (UTC)
hippie beauty!
All seasons: I soak a washcloth in water as hot as I can stand it and put it over my face for 30-60 seconds. Well, I guess I put it over half my face at a time so I can still breathe.

Winter: I rub honey all over my face and rinse it off. Seriously. I just keep a squeeze-bear next to the sink and rub it into my skin as a cleanser. This works because honey both dissolves oil and acts as a humectant, so it cleans skin while leaving it moisturized. If I want to get really fancy I put some ground clove in the honey to make it smell nice, and because both honey and cloves are antimicrobial, and so reduce bacteria which cause pimples.

Summer: While I still use honey a couple of times a week to keep my skin from getting flaky, I have to use soap every night because my sunscreen is waterproof and that's the only way to get it off. I put a couple of drops of unscented Dr. Bronner's (rinse! rinse! okay!) in my palm and rub it into a lather, then use that to clean the sunscreen off. Dr. Bronner's is really concentrated, so a couple of drops is all it takes.

I am a firm believer that too many products and too much interference only make skin problems worse. I've had far fewer pimples since following this regimen, less dryness and flakiness, and a more even skin tone. I'm such a hippie when it comes to beauty.
forestdweller
Jul. 24th, 2006 04:24 am (UTC)
Re: hippie beauty!
oooh, how long to you leave the honey on?
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schpahky
Jul. 24th, 2006 04:38 am (UTC)
1. Cetaphil, or that orange Clean and Clear transparent stuff in the pump.

2. Clean and Clear Dual Action Moisturizer (at night) or Oil of Olay Sensitive Skin UV Protection SPF 15 Blah Blah Blah moisturizer.

That's it. Once a week and when traveling I use the St. Ives Apricot Scrub, and it makes a huge difference in the glow of my skin. It's cheap and it works. In the winter I use a heavier moisturizer, as since I've turned 30 my non-T-zone area has gotten way dryer. Go figure.

Neutrogena has an "On the Spot" zit treatment that works really well if I'm having a bad skin week. But really, the best thing I do for my face is to try not to touch it. I touch my chin constantly and as a result that's the worst breakout zone. Other helpful things: changing my pillowcase weekly, always always always removing makeup before bed, drinking lots of water.

What soap do you use?

Oh - my skin really likes the Kiss My Face Citrus Cleanser and they also make a wonderful alcohol-free astringent, which helps in the summer when I feel gross and who knows what is sticking to my sunblock.
snidegrrl
Jul. 24th, 2006 02:03 pm (UTC)
It's funny, I had never heard of Cetaphil before today and now everyone is mentioning it. Obviously I am way behind on skin care technology! Not to mention, I had no idea it was the thing now to wear SPF stuff all the time.

I have been told that the apricot scrub actually makes little tears in your skin and is really bad for it. I was like, don't even try to take away my apricot scrub! (Which I remember to use like, MAYBE once a month.)

For zit treatment I just use straight tea tree oil right now but I don't find it helps right away. I have no idea if it shaves precious moments of the length of time I have the spot. :(

I have the same problem, also, with touching my face. Ever since I quit biting my nails I find I still put my hands near my mouth reflexively. I was sitting here reading the comments doing it.

Right now for soap I use Dial because that's what Jack likes but sometimes I also use a honey oatmeal soap. In the morning only. At night I either use the really awful alcohol astringent every once in a while or I just bought some of those Dove disposable cloths because I am terrified of washcloths collecting bacteria or mildew so never use them. But mostly I just go to bed without doing anything to my skin.
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traceracer
Jul. 24th, 2006 04:52 am (UTC)
Right now my face is a mess so I don't know if I'm a good advice giver in this arena. However.. things that have worked for me:

1. Cetaphil. Though it does have a limited use for me. I will use it for a few months and it's great and then suddenly it stops. I can only use it for a few months a year.

2. Zia Natural products Pumpking Exfoliating mask, for when I want to treat my skin. It makes it soft and often can do a good job clearing!

3. Zia also has a night time intensive moisturizer that, even when my skin is oily, works like a charm. however, I can't bring myself to spend the money. (I originally got it as a free sample) But the Ultimate Night Renewal, not the Citrus. (Zia Natural can be found on their website or at Dave's Natural market)

4. Facials. When I was able to afford to do them monthly, my skin was radiant! But, sadly, now I can't afford such luxuries. And I should say I afforded them as part of my wedding budget and started getting them about 6 months before the wedding. i was happy with my skin that day.

I'm seriously thinking of trying that honey thing someone mentioned above.
snidegrrl
Jul. 24th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
Cetaphil: As I said above, I never heard of this before today!

It's funny - I know that masks always make my skin feel better but I am always too lazy to use them.

This is reminding me of Jennifer Aniston in that movie we saw. :)
she_obliterated
Jul. 24th, 2006 05:06 am (UTC)
All I ever use is Aveno soap. The kind with the oatmeal.

When I don't have it, I look a fucking mess. When I do have it, it's like a completely different person.

I couldn't find it up until last month, either. Ulta has it. go me!
snidegrrl
Jul. 24th, 2006 02:14 pm (UTC)
I like it. Simple. Maybe I will try that.
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valancymay
Jul. 24th, 2006 05:12 am (UTC)
I am psychotic about my skin, so perhaps I'm not the best person to talk to.

But my basic daily care regimen is almost all clinique (I'll abbreviate to CQ), unless otherwise specified below:

FACE:
CQ soap
CQ mild exfoliant
CQ moisturizer
CQ eye cream
CQ de-wrinklizer
CQ repairwear day (with SPF 15) (at night, CQ repairwear night)

Ideally I do this in the morning and at night, but that's rare - but since I've been biking to work more, and thus having after-work showers, it's become more common.

I also use a microdermabrasion thing in the shower twice a week, and occasionally when I remember lip exfoliant. And I have a number of other products that I occasionally remember to use.

On the other hand, if I go to these extremes in Maryland I tend to break out because it's already so much more humid (and thus, moister skin) than here; part of the need is the desert in which I live usually. And I like to think my regimen has served me well, thus far, considering my advanced age.

Body:
Dove moisturizer (any will do)

Feet:
Any peppermint foot lotion, the brand doesn't matter. My feet are hardier than the rest of me, it seems.
snidegrrl
Jul. 24th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
It's the people who are psychotic about their skin that I figured would give the most intriguing answers! So thank you for taking the time to respond.

So the CQ stuff is really a six step process? How long does it take you?
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gunther_cub
Jul. 24th, 2006 06:34 am (UTC)
My skin care situation varies. I'm currently using a product that will remain nameless, because it's manufactured by an evil company, and contains an active ingredient that I generally refuse to endorse. My skin, however, becomes bumpy in the summer, and I was desperate (and it's helping)

What kind of skin do you have?

Where do you break out?
Oily, Normal, Dry, Combination?
Is it sensitive to products?
Do you have any food allergies?
How often do you wash it?
snidegrrl
Jul. 24th, 2006 02:19 pm (UTC)
I have combination skin, lots of blackheads (this is my bane!! I wish I could get rid of them!!!!!!!!!!) and monthly severe breakouts with a few minor breakouts in between.

The blackheads are nose & chin, and on my chin and jawline is where I break out the worst (probably because I often rest my face in my hands or touch my face). I have never noticed any particular reaction to any products and I have no allergies I'm aware of. I wash it every day in the morning, and then if I feel particularly gross at the end of the day, before bed.
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prakriti
Jul. 24th, 2006 10:59 am (UTC)
rule number 1 - always moisturize
ohhhh....soap is so bad for skin. it dries it out.
I'm absolutely manic about never using soap. I'd rather just rinse my face with water than use soap if I don't have my cleanser with me.

I have a variety of cleansers that I use depending on my mood and how my skin has been lately.

Clarin's alpine facial milk for very dry days.
Lancome daily gel cleanser for most days
Ummm...something by Clinique for really oily days.

I just wash my face in the shower with the cleanser. then moisturize with Neutrogena's Moisture, sheer tint, SPF 15.
no matter what facial moiturizer you pick, always go with something with an SPF in it.

In the evenings, when I remember, I have a quick once over with Clarin's Orange toner and then use Clarin's eye contour gel over my eyes to help prevent eye wrinkles.

oontzgrrl
Jul. 24th, 2006 11:30 am (UTC)
and I must add...
It also clogs the pores. Soap is bad whether you have dry or oily skin.
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chomology
Jul. 24th, 2006 11:36 am (UTC)
Clean washcloth, warm water.
fancymcsnazsnaz
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
Lately: Cetaphil cleanser, followed by an exfoliant that Ana brought me back from Brazil (this part of the ritual will be eliminated soon, as I'm running out, unless I can figure out a reason to send her back to Brazil), followed by cheap grocery-store moisturizer (right now it's also by Cetaphil, was Ponds - and the switch was about what was on sale).

I used to have an expensive skin-care ritual, pre-child-and-mortgage, and this actually works as well, even without the frou-frou exfoliant. :P
snidegrrl
Jul. 24th, 2006 02:31 pm (UTC)
I have traditionally only made my hair care rituals expensive. Why I would be looking to expand the expensive, I don't know. But it seems like a good ritual does not have to be that way.
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yoshimi
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:11 pm (UTC)
wash face in shower. if no shower (rare), no wash face.
eye cream under eyes and down sides of nose, which get inexplicably dry and peely. spf moisturizer on remainder of face (if morning, if evening, nighttime moisturizer with no spf but, i assume, lots of other stuff).
no make-up. the world is lucky if i grace it with some lipstick.
*fin.*
snidegrrl
Jul. 24th, 2006 02:32 pm (UTC)
I do love the eye cream. Mine is more kind of a gel, but I'm sure it's the same principle.
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bitchiekittie
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:26 pm (UTC)
I have very sensitive, blemish prone skin and tends to get VERY oily and sometimes equally dry and flaky. a few years ago, I went from having reaction-type only blemishes to full out zits, which I'd never had even as a teenager. I had to go to the dermatologist for some cream stuff I still use (tazo something) and it's brilliant.

as for the rest of it:
*wash twice a day, first thing in the morning and right before bed, using only dove sensitive skin soap.
*exfoliate as needed with a mix of cetaphil and baking soda.
*moisturize daily with neutragena oil free sensitive skin lotion.

and that's it!
koira
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:49 pm (UTC)
Kitchen witch
Heh! I wish I were one to make great potions to help with all of the skin ailments of 30somethings including myself!

I do have a routine, though. I am fond of using Morning burst facial soap. I am trying to remember who makes it. I will check on that and let you know. It makes my skin tingly and doesn't dry me out too bad. I have horribly oily and yet somewhat dry skin. I am also allergic to nearly everything, so it is a fabulous combination:)

In the morning I wash with that in the shower.

After the shower I use Neutrogena firming lotion with SPF 20 in it. When listening to NPR one morning, I hear a Dermotologist saying it is actually one of the only things on the market that actually is proven to help firm things up because of the active copper. That sounded like a happy thing, so I do that.

At night I wash my face with a warm wash cloth and warm water. I don't use soap at this time. I then put on Nivea night cream around my eyes with Q10 in it.

Yeah, that is the extent of my face skin care anyway.

I use a milky olive oil mist to lotion my body. It not only smells good, but doesn't leave me too oily in the summer and I am not allergic to it! It is a miracle substance as far as I am concerned.

OH and I put some kind of heavy lotion on my hands before going to bed and putting my carpel tunnel braces on my paws. This /really/ helps in the winter with cracking.

Ok, yeah, there it is!
koira
Jul. 24th, 2006 12:52 pm (UTC)
Re: Kitchen witch
damn replying to my own message!

I also use sensitive skin apricot scrub once a week to get rid of flakey skin. I love the way it makes my skin feel. If I am /really/ oily, I do the morning burst cleansing stuff and then the apricot scrub.
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timcub
Jul. 24th, 2006 01:14 pm (UTC)
Noxema. That's it.
judithiscariot
Jul. 24th, 2006 01:34 pm (UTC)
salt scrub, that i make myself: kosher salt, honey, lemon juice, olive oil. and a scent (pick an essential oil, any essential oil).
angela_la_la
Jul. 24th, 2006 01:56 pm (UTC)
I use this on my body and only in winter. I never need olive oil on my face.
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