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When it comes to stubborn adult acne, there’s more than one way to skin a chicken. What I mean by this is: There are many acne treatment options, both over the counter and via prescription, to help women manage their breakouts. This is refreshing news because the same over the counter benzoyl peroxide product that might work for excessively oily 18 year old skin might wreak havoc on combination 40 year old skin.

In my own struggles with acne, I have bounced around from Salicylic Acid, to Retin A, to (now) Clindamycin. I say all of this to say that every one’s acne situation is different and it is important to educate yourself on the various acne treatment products available.

Clarisea Salt Solutions is a skin care line rooted in nature and based on the healing properties of the sea. The skin care line incorporates a blend of Pacific Ocean salt and mountain salt to deeply exfoliate pores and eliminate bacteria without stripping skin of essential natural moisture. Clarisea Salt Solutions is a nature based line for individuals who seek an effective alternative to harsh chemical acne treatments.

Frustrated by her ten-year struggle with adult acne, creator Alison Carton became obsessed with discovering an effective yet gentle treatment for her skin. Little did Alison know, a college trip to the shore would inspire the creation of an acne treatment line.  After swimming in the ocean, Alison noticed that the salt water actually helped clear up her skin. In an attempt to recreate the effects of the ocean, Alison began mixing her own solutions and eventually created a custom cocktail of salts that work to treat and combat breakouts.

Clarisea Salt Solutions is a five piece system for face and body. Clarisea Clarifying Salt Treatment ($18) is the brand’s hero product and the core of the line. It uses optimal amounts of sodium chloride to naturally flush out impurities, tone, and soften skin. Other products in the collection include:

  • Clarisea Purifying Scrub ($16) – Exfoliating cleanser. This gentle exfoliating cleanser can be used daily to help control and prevent breakouts, and is specially formulated to maximize the effectiveness of the sea salt soak with the Clarifying Salt Treatment.  This cleanser also features 0.5% salicylic acid to boost its acne fighting abilities, along with vitamin E millicapsules that lightly exfoliate and soothe.  Macadamia Seed and Sunflower Seed Oils are compatible with skin sebum, and provide skin with a non pore clogging moisture boost.
  • Clarisea Perfecting Clay Mask ($22) – Non-drying clay based treatment mask (or spot treatment). Kaolin clay absorbs excess oil while Macadamia Seed and Sunflower Seed Oils moisturize, leaving skin silky smooth while purifying pores and accelerating healing.  This refreshing, non drying mask also makes for an ultra-effective spot treatment.
  • Clarisea Exfoliating Scrub ($14) – Body exfoliant. This gentle exfoliating body wash contains 1% salicylic acid to help control and target breakouts on the chest, back, shoulders and arms.  Vitamin E millicapsules deeply exfoliate to slough away problem causing dead skin cells and impurities while Macadamia Seed and Sunflower Seed Oils moisturize and soften skin.
  • Clarisea Salt Scrub ($26) – “Bacne” and body breakout treatment. The ultimate “bacne” and body breakout banisher!  This powerful non-greasy treatment scrub sloughs away dead skin cells and combats acne causing bacteria with Clarisea’s unique sea salt blend and purifying Fucus Vesiculosus (seaweed extract).

I must admit…using the power of the ocean/salt to treat acne is a new one for me…and I’ve tried pretty much everything. I love new product discoveries focused on acne management so I’m thrilled to share Clarisea with you! If you are still struggling to find a system that works for YOU, consider Clarisea. Want to hear what Clarisea customers have to say? CLICK HERE for The Faces of Clarisea — real women giving their testimonials.  For more information on this revolutionary acne treatment system, join Clarisea’s facebook page and follow Clarisea on Twitter @Clarisea

Hi beautiful…and Happy Friday!

Today I am pleased to partner with TRIA Beauty to offer one lucky ThisThatBeauty reader the opportunity to win an amazing new acne treatment system. The TRIA Beauty Be Clear Starter Set is a three-piece acne clearing system (valued at $473). The complete starter kit includes: the Clarifying Foam Cleanser, Clarifying Blue Light and Rebuilding Complex. The Be Clear Starter Kit is designed to:

• Clear acne faster than any other leading acne treatment
• Prevent future breakouts
• Improve skin texture and tone (including hyperpigmentation)
• Allow you to enjoy clear, calm, naturally healthy skin every day

TRIA Beauty offers the acne-clearing power of blue light therapy at home. Using the same blue light technology used by dermatologists, the TRIA Skin Clarifying System claims to deliver better results than any leading acne treatment available today. The TRIA Skin Clarifying System is designed to clear acne breakouts and blemishes, prevent future breakouts and improve the overall health of your skin, using daily blue light therapy treatments.

Would you like to try the TRIA Beauty Be Clear Starter Kit ($473 value)? Here’s the deal:

  • US Residents only
  • Leave a comment with your email address and Twitter name. You must be a follower of @ThisThatBeauty on Twitter to participate!
  • One entry per household
  • You have until April 24 to enter contest

Good luck!

PS: Bonus Giveaway Alert —

Also, TRIA Beauty recently launched a sweepstakes on triabeauty.com/blueyork. You can enter for a chance to win a grand prize trip to NYC or be one of three people to win the TRIA Skin Clarifying System.

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I know how much my readers appreciate exclusive deets so buckle up…

GoClear is the newest acne treatment system to launch at Beauty Product Mecca aka Sephora. The GoClear regimen is a three step program that consists of a Clarifying Cleanser, Acne Treatment product, and Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF15.

As an adult woman who suffers from acne, I understand the importance of sharing new developments and treatments that may prove helpful in your own struggles with managing acne. When evaluating a new acne treatment system I generally advise a close observation of ingredients…..develop an understanding of ingredients that are beneficial for your skin. GoClear does not contain alcohol, propylene glycol, PABA, lanolin, artificial dye, or fragrance. This is good to know if the aforementioned typically irritate your skin.

In addition to acne management, GoClear is formulated to help address the hyperpigmentation that usually accompanies acne outbreaks. The center piece of the line, GoClear Intensive Acne Treatment, contains 2% Salicylic Acid along with other botanical and natural ingredients that help calm inflammation:

  • Clarifying Cleanser – botanical extracts, shea butter, green and white tea extracts, acai berry, ginseng, gentle exfoliating granules
  • Intensive Acne Treatment – 2% Salicylic Acid Evodia fruit extract, green and white tea extracts
  • Moisturizing Sunscreen SPF 15 – Angelica extract, Avocado extract, green and white tea extracts, Vitamins E and C

The GoClear system is available ala carte ($25-$33 each) or as a three piece kit for $70. If you’re still in search of a complete acne management system, stop by your local Sephora and take a closer look at GoClear!

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I was recently introduced to a great SPF product.  After using it for about a month, I am really excited to write a review.

Now if you’re scratching your head and wondering “Why is Felicia talking about SPF in November (non Summer month)}???…we REALLY NEED TO TALK!!!
SPF is a year round MUST. Click here for an article I wrote earlier this year.  I cover the basics of SPF, how much we need, and why we need it. But for a brief recap – strictly focused on vanity – the sun is the #1 cause of premature aging! For further details, please refer back to my earlier article.
So back to my new fav SPF product. If you’re a regular ThisThatBeauty follower (and I know you are) you know that Aveeno Positively Ageless Moisturizer with SPF 30 has been my holy grail for some time now.  This product has been my sunscreen and moisturizer in one, and has worked beautifully for the last couple of years.
But I’ve recently encountered a dilemma. When washing my face and preparing for an evening out, I don’t need a moisturizer with SPF. But my primary moisturizer, Aveeno Positively Ageless, contains SPF. Seeing as there is no need to apply sunscreen in the evening, I began thinking that it would be great to have the SPF when I need it and not have it locked into my moisturizer.
About a month ago, my Aesthitician (Michelle) introduced me to an amazing SPF product that is pure SPF30 and can be added to foundation, moisturizer, etc. as needed.  When she first told me about the product I was reluctant because I have not had good experiences with SPF products that do not contain a moisturizer. I find that these products leave a grey or purple tint/residue.  And that’s not cute! Well my new find is amazing and I just had to share.
So behold, my new SPF holy grail product –

I love that this product blends beautifully and can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer or foundation.  And another bonus – Solar Defense Booster SPF contains botanical extracts and Vitamins A, C, and E…which all work to prevent premature aging.  YAHTZEE!
ADDITIONAL INFO:

Description: This UVA/UVB protection formula is ideal for daily use against sun damage, such as sunburn, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. Suitable for all skin types and conditions, Solar Defense Booster SPF 30 may be mixed with your moisturizer or foundation for easy-to-apply, fragrance- and color-free coverage. Botanical extracts and vitamins A, C and E prevent premature aging and promote healthy, radiant skin.
Recommended Use: Mix equal parts of Solar Defense Booster with your foundation or moisturizer, or apply directly to the face for maximum SPF 30 protection.
Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3.0%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5.0%), Oxybenzone (5.0%).
Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Extracts Of: Melissa Officinalis Leaf, Camellia Oleifera Leaf, Echinacea Purpurea, Centella Asiatica, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel, Vitis Vinifrea (Grape) Seed, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lecithin, Allantoin, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Nylon-12, Methylparaben, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 60, Squalane, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Linalool, Limonene, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
Treats These Conditions: Free Radical Protection
Suitable For These Skin Types: All
Sunscreen: SPF 30+
Skin Care: Sunscreen
Application Area: Decollete , Neck, Face

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    I was recently introduced to a great SPF product.  After using it for about a month, I am really excited to write a review.

    Now if you’re scratching your head and wondering “Why is Felicia talking about SPF in November (non Summer month)}???…we REALLY NEED TO TALK!!!
    SPF is a year round MUST. Click here for an article I wrote earlier this year.  I cover the basics of SPF, how much we need, and why we need it. But for a brief recap – strictly focused on vanity – the sun is the #1 cause of premature aging! For further details, please refer back to my earlier article.
    So back to my new fav SPF product. If you’re a regular ThisThatBeauty follower (and I know you are) you know that Aveeno Positively Ageless Moisturizer with SPF 30 has been my holy grail for some time now.  This product has been my sunscreen and moisturizer in one, and has worked beautifully for the last couple of years.  
    But I’ve recently encountered a dilemma. When washing my face and preparing for an evening out, I don’t need a moisturizer with SPF. But my primary moisturizer, Aveeno Positively Ageless, contains SPF. Seeing as there is no need to apply sunscreen in the evening, I began thinking that it would be great to have the SPF when I need it and not have it locked into my moisturizer.
    About a month ago, my Aesthitician (Michelle) introduced me to an amazing SPF product that is pure SPF30 and can be added to foundation, moisturizer, etc. as needed.  When she first told me about the product I was reluctant because I have not had good experiences with SPF products that do not contain a moisturizer. I find that these products leave a grey or purple tint/residue.  And that’s not cute! Well my new find is amazing and I just had to share.
    So behold, my new SPF holy grail product – 

    I love that this product blends beautifully and can be mixed with your favorite moisturizer or foundation.  And another bonus – Solar Defense Booster SPF contains botanical extracts and Vitamins A, C, and E…which all work to prevent premature aging.  YAHTZEE!
    ADDITIONAL INFO:

    Description: This UVA/UVB protection formula is ideal for daily use against sun damage, such as sunburn, hyperpigmentation, and even skin cancer. Suitable for all skin types and conditions, Solar Defense Booster SPF 30 may be mixed with your moisturizer or foundation for easy-to-apply, fragrance- and color-free coverage. Botanical extracts and vitamins A, C and E prevent premature aging and promote healthy, radiant skin.
    Recommended Use: Mix equal parts of Solar Defense Booster with your foundation or moisturizer, or apply directly to the face for maximum SPF 30 protection.
    Active Ingredients: Avobenzone (3.0%), Octinoxate (7.5%), Octisalate (5.0%), Oxybenzone (5.0%).
    Inactive Ingredients: Water (Aqua), Octyldodecyl Neopentanoate, Butylene Glycol, Pentylene Glycol, Arachidyl Alcohol, Behenyl Alcohol, Arachidyl Glucoside, Extracts Of: Melissa Officinalis Leaf, Camellia Oleifera Leaf, Echinacea Purpurea, Centella Asiatica, Citrus Medica Limonum (Lemon) Peel, Vitis Vinifrea (Grape) Seed, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Lecithin, Allantoin, Propylparaben, Phenoxyethanol, Laureth-7, Polyacrylamide, Nylon-12, Methylparaben, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Cocamidopropyl PG-Dimonium Chloride Phosphate, Hydroxyethyl Acrylate/Sodium Acryloyldimethyl Taurate Copolymer, Magnesium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Disodium EDTA, Polysorbate 60, Squalane, Retinyl Palmitate, Tocopherol, Linalool, Limonene, Titanium Dioxide (CI 77891).
    Treats These Conditions: Free Radical Protection
    Suitable For These Skin Types: All
    Sunscreen: SPF 30+
    Skin Care: Sunscreen
    Application Area: Decollete NeckFace

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