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Surprise, Surprise: Most of the things I blog about are submitted to ThisThatBeauty for editorial consideration. In simpler language — I don’t pay for them. Oh yes, that’s pretty much the way it works with most blogs and all magazines. PR professionals pitch products and as the Editor, it’s my role to decide which items get reviewed or included in stories for ThisThatBeauty. And while we cover lots of great product here on my little bloggy woggy, not all of it gets replenished. Some things I use until they’re all used up . . .never to be replenished again. But then there are those star products that I cannot imagine life without. These are the things that I replenish time after time.

I always say, the true sign of product lust/ loyalty is whether or not a beauty editor BUYS the product on her own dime. Here are the items that I happily pay for with my CHASE Visa Debit Card:

Everything Mario Badescu: Just search my blog and you’ll find countless reviews. MB is basically my skin care savior. Whenever my skin goes through seasonal changes or gets out of whack, I can always rely on MB products to rein it in.

GrandeLash MD: Uhm, excuse me, Bambi! This stuff works. I’ve been using it for the past three months and just placed an order for my next three month supply. My lashes are now super duper long and thick. What I love most about this product is that it does not irritate my lash line at all, unlike other growth serums I have tried. I also love that it dries totally clear and I can use it day or night. With other growth serums I’ve tried, they tend to dry with a little white-ish film that doesn’t look so nice for daytime. I saw length after about four weeks…but now that I am three months in, my lashes are not just longer, but also thicker and darker. I’m hooked!

Everything ReVive (except their eye care…meh!): I fell in love with the line about a 18 months ago, and let me tell you — I had the best skin of my life when I was using all ReVive everything. I’ve yet to meet a line of anti-aging products that work as well as ReVive. On a whole, the line is the best there is. Obviously I like products from other lines and constantly test new products….but I always go back to ReVive when I’m in need of an anti-aging fix. FAVS: Defensif Renewal Serum for day and Moisturizing Renewal Cream for night. Trust!

Koh Gen Do Spa Cleansing Water: Hands down, the best cleansing water for removing stubborn mascara and liner. Super effective, yet super gentle.


Yes to Cucumbers Yes to Cucumbers Hypoallergenic Facial Towelettes

Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Daily Face Peel

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips

CoverFx Blotting Powder

There are many myths surrounding acne, especially acne in adult women (Felicia chronicled her personal struggle here), so we thought we would share some content from Jasmina Aganovic to  separate myth from fact.  Jasmina is the creator of the all-natural, anti-aging skincare line, Stages of Beauty.

MYTH: Acne only appears on the skin of a teenager
Acne can be associated with aging just as much as it is associated with one’s teenage years.
o As we age, not only does our collagen and elastin start to decrease, but overall, the aging process also makes our skin less efficient at other things like regulating its level hydration and oil production both of which can greatly impact acne.

o One of the best examples of this is the rate of regeneration of the skin, which starts to slow as we enter our 30s.

o In our teens it takes our skin approximately 14 days to completely regenerate. That means we have new skin every 2 weeks! In our 30s, this time jumps up to over 30 days. This means that dead skin cells are sitting on the surface for longer, the body is less efficient at pushing healthier skin to the surface.

o The sluggish renewal of cells as we age increases the likely hood of clogging our pores. It also means that any hyperpigmentation from acne will take longer to fade.

o Women in their 30s need to focus more on exfoliation as a means to care for acne and heal acne marks than teens do.

FACT: Adult acne is on the rise for women in their 20s-50s

Over the last five years, the day-to-day lives of women in careers have become more hectic, leading to more stress and other poor lifestyle habits.
o As we age and become more involved in our careers, it’s natural to experience less exercise, unbalanced diets and more stress, which impacts the hormones in the body (and hormones have a profound effect on the skin; good & bad).

o Another factor contributing to acne in adult women being on the rise is that our air and environment is becoming more polluted, which leads to additional damage and clogging of the skin.

o The food that we eat also plays a role in the condition of our skin. There is a debate between the importance of organic meats and dairy. For example: More and more farmers are now supplementing their cows with hormones so that they produce more milk – one must then wonder what this actually does to the milk produced from these cows?

o Any traces of hormones in the milk that we ingest could certainly have an impact on the hormones in our own bodies and as a result have an effect on our skin. None of this is of course proven, but it is certainly something to be mindful of especially because we are seeing an increase in the occurrence of things like adult acne, earlier development and menstruation, etc. in women.

MYTH: Oily skin causes acne
If a person has acne, it doesn’t necessarily mean that their skin is too oily. In fact, lack of moisture can cause acne, too!
o It is not the oils or the skin that cause acne, but rather the inability of the body to expel the oils properly, causing build-up and clogging.

o A lack of moisture can also be a cause of acne. Again, it is not the amount of moisture that is produced, but the way that your skin handles its natural oils.

o Your skin should feel balanced and supple without any moisturizer. You’ll know that you need to add moisture to your skin if it feels dry or tight after cleansing.

FACT: The ingredients you use on your face should change as you age
As women age, they should be aware of the ingredients they are putting on their face and look for products that treat the skin concerns of people in their age group.
o In terms of ingredients to avoid, since our skin is more sensitive and less efficient as we age, it is necessary to be more careful with synthetic and heavy ingredients like petrochemicals and silicones, which can often clog the skin. In our teens our skin is more efficient, so clogging is less of a concern with ingredients like these.

o Women 30+ battling acne or problematic skin, should always incorporate exfoliation into their skincare regimen. The skin’s rate of regeneration is slower, leading to more clogging from dead skin cells alone – by helping take off the top layer of skin, you can really enable the skin to breathe a bit more.

o As women age, they should look for ingredients like AHA’s and BHA’s. Salicylic acid is among the most common.

 Want more Acne related ThisThatBeauty posts?…Here you go!

This post is written by ThisThatBeauty’s “Newbie Contributor”, NinaPilar. She covers skincare/makeup from the newbie perspective. For more from NinaPilar, check her out at GlocallyNewark.


L’Oreal Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer Day/Night Cream makes the promise that it will even out skin tone, while making skin’s appearance visibly smoother and more luminous. The non-greasy daily treatment with Vitamin C and tourmaline gem…that’s right – like the jewel – is said to help pull pollutants from the skin. Vitamin C is used to inhibit the production of the melanin, in turn lightening/ brightening the skin. According to L’Oreal, “around the age of 30, skin’s cellular renewal process begins to slow down, accentuating the uneven colors of skin tone and excess pigmentation.  Skin loses its natural evenness, clarity and brightness”.

Prior to trying L’Oreal Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer Day/Night Cream for this review, I took the time to research a few reviews on the web. Based on my findings, while it seems the product might be better suited for individuals with dry skin, I threw caution to the wind and applied the product to my oily, acne-prone skin for four straight weeks…I emerged breakout free!

In testing L’Oreal Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer Day/Night Cream, I got impatient around week 2 because I didn’t notice any significant changes. Luckily I had the good sense to stick it out for the recommended four weeks.

Lots of products make the claim of “bright even tone” so I was skeptical upon first eyeing the unassuming lightly scented dream cream. However, at the 3-week mark I noticed that I was using less concealer to even out my complexion and camouflage blemishes. As someone with excessively oily skin, in using L’Oreal Ideal Skin Genesis Complexion Equalizer Day/Night Cream, I was pleased to discover that the product left my skin well hydrated and balanced without a heavy feeling. The product lives up to its brightening claim and provides oily skin with moisture without the breakout.

Since my title at ThisThatBeauty is “Newbie Contributor” and I write from a newbie point of view, I’m wondering if the $19.99 price tag makes this product accessible for skin care newbies out there. Fortunately L’Oreal products are available at all major drugstores like CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, etc…my advice is to look out for coupons and BUY ONE GET ONE offers that seem to pop up every Sunday!

Today I continue the Hyperpigmentation Series with DERMAdoctor Immaculate Correction. The product name alone deserves a round of applause. Immaculate Correction is intended to treat Hyperpigmentation due to scarring, melasma, or photo damage. For those who prefer a hydroquinone free option, Immaculate Correction is a product worth your attention. The skin lightener eliminates unwanted pigmentation by targeting several points in the formation of the dark area. Immaculate Correction incorporates six key ingredients to target/treat blotchiness and uneven skin tone:

  1. Mitracarpus Scaber Extract – Similar to hydroquinone and similarly effective without the undesirable side effects
  2. Dithiaoctanediol – To prevent the formation of over production of melanin
  3. Gluconic Acid – To inhibit and regulate tyrosinase activity, preventing further abnormal pigment formation. Also aids enhanced cellular turnover
  4. Azelaic Acid – Works to lighten skin
  5. Suitilains – To help speed exfoliation and cell turnover
  6. Glucosamine and Urea – To firm and soften skin

Immaculate Correction is a stand alone product that is able to be worked into your current skin care regime. Most products in the “pigmentation issues” category require continued use to see results. Immaculate Correction recommends steady usage for 6 to 12 months (twice a day). And as with all skin lighteners, daily SPF is strongly encouraged.

Still in search of a product to help treat your pigmentation issues?…Perhaps DERMAdoctor Immaculate Correction is for you!

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

To say that I am obsessed with achieving and maintaining great skin is an understatement! My quest for holy grail skincare products and non invasive procedures (i.e.peels, microdermabrasion, etc) know no limit. I regularly check in with my dermatologist and see my esthetician once a month for more intensive maintenance.

As you can see, I am rather serious about my skin care regime! Having said that, I am as pleased as punch to share my skin care chit-chat with trusted skin care expert and celebrity esthetician, Renée Rouleau. Renée has been helping men, women and teens attain healthy, glowing skin for more than 20 years. Her skin care product line addresses nine distinct skin types, with more than 70 award-winning products that blend the best of science and nature.

I have used Renée Rouleau‘s products for over a year and love the results! I am delighted to share my interview with Renée Rouleau!

ThisThatBeauty: Renée, I have been a fan of your products for a little over a year. Your line is extremely effective and made from high quality ingredients. In order to maintain great skin, is it enough to use “good products”? What additional steps do you recommend for maintaining great skin?

Renée Rouleau: It’s a fact that a good skin care routine is essential in keeping your skin healthy and beautiful-looking, but when skin care products at home don’t seem to be giving you the result you desire, seek the help of a professional to boost the results.

I’m a huge believer in not only using good-quality products recommended for your skin type, but you must make sure you are using them correctly.

-Always leave your alcohol-free toner damp on the skin before applying a serum or moisturizer. It seals in the hydrating properties of your toner and gives your skin a drink of hydration.

-When applying sunscreen, you must apply it generously both to the face and neck every day. To get the best protection, it’s not about the SPF number at all. It’s about how generously you apply it and how often you re-apply when you’re in direct contact with the sun. A moisturizer with a sunscreen built right in is the #1 best anti-aging product in the world!

-When using a facial scrub, don’t apply a lot of pressure as you don’t want to cause irritation. Lightly massage in circular motions for 60 seconds and avoid using scrubs with natural grains (apricots, walnut husks or shells) as it can scratch the skin and spread bacteria.

-After cleansing, immediately apply your toner or moisturizer. If you wait more than sixty seconds, the water will start to evaporate out of the skin leaving it dehydrated. So do your routine quickly!

ThisThatBeauty: Wow, those are great tips! My next question is about adult acne. So many women face adult acne around age 30. What causes this and what kind of skin care regime best suits the 30 year old who’s dealing with persistent adult acne?

Renée Rouleau: In your 30’s, it’s a time of babies, stress and hormonal swings that can wreak havoc on the skin. Growth hormones start to slow down, so the skin won’t repair itself as it did in your 20’s. Breakouts can still occur, especially in the form of cystic acne; those hard, sore underground blemishes that linger for weeks. The signs of aging (lines around the eyes and skin discoloration) are more prominent, so it’s definitely a time to get serious about caring for your skin!

For treating adult acne, it’s so important to not treat your skin like a teenager by using harsh, acne products. They will not work and they certainly will compromise any anti-aging benefits that your skin desperately needs.  In your 30’s, the skin needs balance!

To control clogged pores and acne breakouts in your 30’s, the following is needed:

Exfoliation using gentle facial scrubs, skin peels and acid or enzyme-based exfoliators will keep off dry skin cells to reduce clogged pores resulting in less breakout activity. Exfoliators are extremely effective in reducing acne blemishes and fading post-breakout scars. (Like Renée Rouleau Glycolic Serum 17% or Mint Buffing Beads)

-Destroy acne-causing bacteria by using anti-bacterial products to reduce the chance of blemishes and clogged pores. (Like Renée Rouleau AHA/BHA Cleansing Gel or Tea Tree Anti-Blemish Lotion)

Hydration with water-based (not oil-based) lotions and alcohol-free toner to keep your skin cells healthy and to prevent them from turning into dry skin cell build up. (Like Renée Rouleau Skin Correcting Serum and Balancing Skin Tonic)

Cosmetic companies feel this need to dry the skin leaving it tight and irritated—and this will usually make the skin worse.

It’s also important to spot treat areas prone to blemishes, instead of treating the entire face for acne that might only show on the chin and only appear monthly. (See the collection of Renée Rouleau spot treatments.)

ThisThatBeauty: This next question is for the super busy girl on the go who can’t remember what she had for breakfast so commiting to a 4+step routine is out of the question.  Please give advice on the one thing that can make a huge difference in your skin.

Renée Rouleau: People have a perception that using a 3 or 4-step routine in the morning and evening will take a lot of time. After cleansing your face (which everyone should always do,) applying a toner, serum and moisturizer should take no more than one minute.

Applying a toner-20 seconds

Applying a serum-15 seconds

Applying a moisturizer to the face and neck-25 seconds

The one thing that will make a huge difference in the skin is using a sulfate-free (non-drying) cleanser. If you wash with a cleanser that leaves your skin tight and dry afterward, it means that you pulled the water out of the skin and you just created dry skin cell build up. The whole reason why exfoliation is so important for the health of the skin is because having dry skin cells on the skin causes a lot of skin problems (clogged pores), so it’s important not to be adding cell build-up by using a harsh cleanser.

ThisThatBeauty: How effective/ important are masks?

Renée Rouleau: I love masks, as long as they don’t dry the skin. Traditional clay masks are a no-no (the kind that cracks into a million pieces when you try to smile after it has dried) because they pull out the water out of the skin leaving it tight and dry. I prefer hydrating clay masks that give your skin the absorption it needs but have hydrators added so they leave your skin balanced. I also love gel-based masks because they give cooling, water-based hydration which can really calm over-active skin.

It’s more important to make sure you have your basic routine down (cleanser, toner, serum, moisturizer), but masks are a great boost to enhance the results of your skin.

ThisThatBeauty: Tell us about the kinds of at home treatments we should incorporate in between regular facials?

Renée Rouleau: I recommend doing an at-home mini facial at least twice a month in the evening before bedtime.

Step 1: Cleanse your skin with a mild sulfate-free cleanser

Step 2: Either use a facial scrub or acid/enzyme peel to dissolve and lift off surface dry skin cells

Step 3: Apply a few drops of a hydrating serum recommended for your skin type

Step 4: Apply a thin coat of a mask recommended for your skin type. Let dry for 15 minutes and rinse well.

Step 5: Apply a moisturizer

ThisThatBeauty: Thank you Renée! I’ve just learned so much. I will be following your at home treatment regime in between my regular facials!

Dear readers: I would like to share a bonus read with you. I recently came across a piece on African American skin, written by Renée Rouleau. As an African American woman who has struggled with skin care issues for years, I found the piece by Renée to be one of the most insightful and informative articles I’ve ever read on the topic of caring for African American skin. I am linking to this piece and hope that you will learn as much as I have.


Renée Rouleau’s skin care product line is sold on her website and in her two Dallas skin care spas. Renée’s products have been cited in publications including Allure, Essence, Marie Claire, and In Style. Her proven results have earned her the confidence of celebrities, like Lisa Rinna, Melissa Rycroft, Jessica Simpson and Ashlee Simpson, as well as cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists. www.reneerouleau.com

Want more Renée?

Follow Renée on Twitter @ReneeRouleau

I strongly encourage you to follow Renée on Twitter. Her use of Twitter as a brand and skincare expert is brilliant. Others should take copious notes. Renée uses Twitter in a way that is engaging and legitimately informative…not surface fluff like other brands. Renée shares information first and foremost from the perspective of “a skin care expert”…her “RENEE ROULEAU” brand comes second. I live for Renée’s articles and tips and always click through to read more…and that’s saying a lot because I stay ridiculously busy but her articles are always worth the read. Kudos to Renée on effectively using social media to attract, engage, and educate.

Read Renée’s blog at http://blog.reneerouleau.com/

Become a fan of Renée Rouleau on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/ReneeRouleauSkinCare

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