The “Bomb”

Sorry for the lame title.  I am not feeling creative today, and this isn’t really a “creative” post.  This is one of my few and far between, but inexplicably popular, beauty posts.  Well, not so inexplicable I guess.  No matter what our tastes in music, film, politics, or fiction (the other stuff I write about), most of us need or want decent skin care.

So when I find products I absolutely love, I want to share them with you!  Today’s post features 3 new (new to me) products I have been using in the past couple weeks or months.  Now they all happen to be Garnier, but I want to clarify I am not affiliated with Garnier, nor do they pay me to promote their products (I wouldn’t mind if they did though. haha)  I just really happened to like these products enough to recommend them to someone else who may be searching for that perfect face lotion.

Okay, so first product: Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb

This is a light gel-type moisturizer with hyaluronic acid.  Hyaluronic acid is a powerful moisturizer that has age and wrinkle fighting properties. It also helps draw moisture to the skin.

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Hyaluronic acid works to keep every aspect of skin stable, safeguarded, and constantly renewed. It also has the stunning capacity to attract and hold vast amounts of moisture…

But what’s even more impressive is that hyaluronic acid can do this for skin without tipping the scales and giving skin too much water. Surprisingly, too much water is a problem for skin because it causes key substances holding skin’s surface intact to break down.

Hyaluronic acid’s moisture-binding characteristic is exceptionally important when it comes to skin aging. One of the qualities of youthful skin is its ability to hold water and retain a balanced amount of moisture.

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My personal experience is that this gel is light, quickly absorbing, and makes skin feel soft with NO greasy after-feel.  I use it mostly at night before bed, and sometimes even use a heavier lotion afterwards around my eye and chin areas.

Complimentary to this product is Garnier Skin Active Moisture Bomb (Antioxidant Super Moisturizer SPF)

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This, to me, is like the holy grail of SPF day lotions. It is my favorite so far and I will likely keep using it until I find something better for a comparable price.  It is light, smells nice, and doesn’t have that characteristic greasy feel so many SPF containing day lotions have.  Now, the one I have has SPF 30, while the one pictured here seems to only have SPF 10. I do not know if there are two different formulas or if they are simply changing the one to the other, but if sun protection is a factor, you can always get a foundation or powder that also has SPF protection (I like E.L.F.’s foundation serum for this.)

Finally, I have been using, about once a day, this face wash, Garnier Skin Active Cleansing Milk (with Rosewater)

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Not only does it smell lovely, it leaves skin feeling super soft and smooth.  However, I would note, there is a high glycerin content in this “milk” and there is a feeling of residual “grease” on the skin. However, I think that this makes this cleanser ideal especially for older women or people with sensitive skin, as it’s gentle and provides a sort of moisture preserving barrier on the skin.  And many of you already know, from my very popular (at least in regards to this blog’s traffic,) Rosewater and Glycerin post, that this combo has some powerful benefits.

A final word about cost.  These items are available at a lot of your local stores, from drug stores to Walmart.  I would recommend NOT getting them at drug stores, though, because as with most things, you will pay more than is necessary at a drug store.  I actually got mine online, and if you shop around, you can often find deals on sites like EBay.  Mostly, if you are a discerning shopper, these products will not break your bank.

Okay, so that’s it for today’s cosmetic post, (and prob a while.)  Cosmetic posts are not my favorite things to write. XD  Let me know in the comments if you have tried these products, if you liked them, and if you find these articles helpful

 

Cheer!

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Boring Face Care Stuff

orig. date: 11/10/14

Hello, Gentle Readers. I’m sorry I’ve been away so long. I am still without reliable internet service. But today, I have a gift for you. Well, at least it may seem like a gift for those of you who followed this blog for my few and far between contributions to health and beauty. Once again, let me preface this by saying no one is paying me to endorse anything or whatever (I’m not important enough to be paid to advertise anything. Haha) This is just a product I stumbled on my chance, tried, and loved. And the best part is, it’s cheap!

As some of you may remember, I have suffered from regular bouts of hormone-related acne, probably since I had my daughter some four years ago. Not just pimples, but big, nodular, cystic type pimples that start deep in my skin and hurt like hell. I have had little luck controlling these outbreaks, which are usually limited to one or two zits at a time, but underground zits that nonetheless cause swelling and redness (which I often exacerbate in my attempts to bring them to the surface) that sometimes make me feel like Quasimodo the way they distort my face. The red marks and often some of the hard clogged nodule remain under my skin even after the infection portion of the zit has gone. By the time one is fully healed, often weeks later, a new one is cropping up.

It seems like my best defense thus far has been very frequent exfoliation. I have a generic cleanser with very tiny, mild scrubbing do-hickies in it, and then I usually use a mud mask of some sort a few times a week, as well as to spot treat individual zits with the mud. (I usually try those little single sized packets at Walmart in the HBA section to try out different things.) The mud works to purify pores and draw nastiness to the surface. Recently, during yet another breakout, I decided to try one of the Freeman brand packets that had an activated charcoal and black sugar mix. Charcoal is well-known as a detoxifier, and although I was initially hesitant to put anything like that on my face, I gave in and tried it.

The first thing I noticed when I smeared on the grainy substance was it did not go on specifically even, being not smooth like mud, however if applied generously, coverage was adequate. The second thing I noticed, dear readers, was a pleasant warming sensation on my skin that could only be the result of some sort of chemical reaction. The smell was very pleasant, and I could taste sugar in the spots where the mask was close to my lips.

You leave the mask on for 5-7 minutes, and are supposed to then “scrub” it for one to two minutes. I find the sugar grains too large to be comfortable to scrub, and I have also read before that a substance that is too abrasive can actually cause more trouble for your skin. I prefer to let the mask gently rinse in the shower.

But afterward my skin feels heavenly smooth. I do a full mask once or twice a week, but sometimes I spot treat my “trouble spots,” my cheeks right beside my nose, my nose, and chin with a dab or two of the mask mix in between full masks. It’s been about a month since I started using this product, and it seems like I have noticed a decrease in the number and size of blemishes. Plus, I just love how it smells and makes my skin feel. My only gripe now is that I can’t find a full-sized bottle in the stores near me so far, and based on past experiences, I expect placing an order for a four dollar product online would yield ridiculous shipping charges on most websites. Luckily, I can get at least two uses even out of those little packets.

Anyway, even if you don’t have acne issues, I recommend trying this affordable skin care option. You may just get as hooked on it as I have.

Now, I have a little bonus for you. I also found a moisturizer I am pretty happy with. My skin can never seem to make up its mind. It’s what most people would call “combination” skin I guess. It looks tight and dull when it’s dry, but if I dare to moisturize too much it gets greasy.

Also, as some of you may be aware, even cosmetic companies that have built a loyal following of people who swear by their products, and companies who market supposed high-end or “healthier” products often have ingredients that are either comedogenic or harsh (like surfactants) and may even further damage skin in the long run (denatured alcohol.) I have made it my policy to always read the ingredients list.

Anyway, I digress, as usual. There is a line of products out now called “Simple (Sensitive Skin Experts.) I have already tried and really liked their toner (having read the ingredients to make sure there was no denatured alcohol in it. In case you may be wondering, Cetyl and Cetearyl alcohol are both okay.) It is mild but still refreshing and doesn’t seem to be over-drying. Recently I also picked up their “Ultra-Light Gel Moisturizer.” I had just been contemplating ordering a gel moisturizer from Mary Kay (no small price tag there for a poor chick like me,) so when I came upon this in the store, I pounced on the opportunity to try a gel moisturizer for a decent price. I paid around ten dollars, give or take. I love this stuff. It doesn’t feel overly heavy, and it doesn’t deliver a huge moisture punch, but then again, I have the ability to layer it with my sunblock when I go out and it’s also light enough that I feel comfortable putting it on before bed and knowing I won’t be greasing up my pillow.

Well, before I sign off, I’d like to just mention once again, I am not a paid endorser of any of this stuff. I just like it, and hope maybe some of you may find it useful too. Neither do I have any special knowledge or education in cosmetics or skin care beyond my own personal research and experiences.

Also, in the interest of full disclosure, I have recently added Clindamycin (topical antibiotic) gel to my face care regimen. (Although previously it didn’t seem to do much good, I think maybe I didn’t use it religiously enough and decided to try it again.) I have read it can take up to as many as twelve weeks to start working well anyway, so most of my skin’s improvement I actually credit to the charcoal mask. But, hey, try the mask a few times and you decide.

Magic Potion~Rosewater and Glycerin

WHY was I not informed of this sooner?  The answer was so simple– literally!  I could have started using this years ago and reaping the benefits, if only someone had told me… Rosewater and Glycerin.   Continue reading