Scrub Away Your Troubles, And Wash That Dull Skin Away

Scrub Away Your Troubles, And Wash That Dull Skin Away

I’m a mad exfoliator. My skin is oily and acne-prone, as in painful cystic hormonal acne, along with blocked pores. However, as is often the case with acne prone types, my skin is also sensitive. Part of keeping oil and blocked pores at bay is exfoliation. When you exfoliate dead skin, your skin doesn’t just glow, but all the expensive products we use on our faces can do their work a lot better without dead skin cells in the way.

I’ve been trying some new stuff that I just had to share, because I love them so much.

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3 Facial Wash

Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Acid 3% Facial Wash (250ml, $37) I got this at Sephora, after a stunningly beautiful recommended the line to me. I’m not sure why I haven’t ever explored Peter Thomas Roth skincare, but I sure will now. After a week of using this cleanser, my skin is softer, smoother and clearer. I’ve gazed deeply into my pores and they look pretty darn good! Love this, and will definitely repurchase. Has anyone ever tried the Peter Thomas Roth acne line?  Now I’m curious.

Skinceuticals Micro Exfoliating Scrub

Skinceuticals Micro-Exfoliating Scrub (150ml, around $30) One of the things that I hate about a lot of scrubs is giant exfoliating granules. They feel scratchy and awful, and you just know they are damaging your skin. Skinceuticals Micro Exfoliating scrub is just that – a micro, aka really tiny, exfoliant. It feels gentle on the skin, and leaves your skin silky smooth and ready for any serum, cream or lotion you may want to use. Love it.

Fresh Rose Floral Toner

After all that exfoliating and scrubbing, it is a good idea to offer something soothing and moisturizing before applying your lotions and potions. I use rosewater, and lately I’ve fallen hard for Fresh Rose Floral Toner. At $38 for 250ml it may seem expensive, but considering Jurlique is $42 for just under 100ml. I have used Jurlique Rose Water, but lately the alcohol in it has been irritating my skin. Fresh Rose Toner is alcohol free, smells softly of rose, and feels wonderful on my skin. I love the spritzer, and just close my eyes while I spritz my face and neck. I wait for that to sink in, and then wait another five to ten minutes for my skin to dry completely. This is important as wet, moist or damp skin absorbs product very quickly, and this can cause irritation.

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Amazing Facial Scrub & Mask: Live Clean Fresh Face

Amazing Facial Scrub & Mask: Live Clean Fresh Face

A few things that I find that really help to keep my oily *cough* aging *cough* skin look fresh, clear and smooth are deep cleansing clay masks and scrubs. I don’t over-use either, as my sensitive skin rebels and freaks out if I use products that are too harsh, or if I use them too often. But weekly or bi-weekly,  I like to do a scrub and mask. Not on the same day, and usually a few days apart, as I don’t want to shock my skin. Tip: do scrub, then a day or two later, do the mask. The mask can work better on skin that isn’t clogged with dead skin cells.
The facial line of products from Live Clean, Fresh Face, has some very worthwhile products to try, at their fabulous reasonable prices. From their site: “Live Clean Fresh Face promises exceptional performance with a minimum of 98% plant-based ingredients. Infused with a combination of Orchid – the eternal youth flower, anti-oxidant Vitamin C and Certified Organic Botanicals”. Based around the brightening and tone improving power of Vitamin C, these are definitely worth trying.
My latest fave scrub is from Live Clean’s Fresh Face line, their Smoothing Facial Scrub. It uses natural grains of finely ground Corn Cob to remove dead skin cells and vitamin C to brighten and add radiance. Lovely soothing stuff like aloe, chamomile, buckthorn, and cucumber calm the lovely fresh skin that is left behind after sloughing off the dead dry and dull skin on the surface. I use it once a week at the most, and find it makes a big difference in helping my skin absorb other treatments like moisturizer, and also lets make up sit better on the smoother surface. A tiny bit goes a long way as well. I use a drop or two on my lips to get rid of dry dead skin, and along my bikini line to help exfoliate and avoid ingrowns. Knowing how gentle and pure Fresh Face Smoothing Facial Scrub is makes me feel better about using it in delicate areas.
I love using a clay mask to deep clean pores and to brighten my skin. Makes my skin feel like I’ve had a facial and feeling squeaky clean. Especially if I’ve been wearing more make up than usual, sweating a lot, or driving around with the top down in the air with goodness knows what all flying around. Live Clean Fresh Face Deep Cleansing Clay Masque is the perfect solution for that. It only takes around 15 minutes max for this mask to do it’s work. Formulated with natural Kaolin,  it deep cleans to remove impurities, absorbs excess surface oil while calming the skin. Like the Fresh Face Scrub,  the Clay Masque also has brightening Vitamin C, and aloe, chamomile, buckthorn and cucumber to calm and sooth skin as well, so all that is left behind is a glow.

Fresh Face Facial Scrub is $19.99 and the Deep Cleansing Clay Mask is $14.99. In Canada, Live Clean is sold at drugstores and Walmart. At this time, only the Live Clean Baby line is available in the United States, although sells the entire Live Clean line including Fresh Face, and they ship to the US.

Clinique Stay-Matte Hydrator Can Take The Heat

Clinique Stay-Matte Hydrator Can Take The Heat


Wow. That was my reaction after an afternoon running around in the super heat we are having after using Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator. I have been using it in conjunction with my Skinceuticals & Vichy regime and am in love. I use it more like a primer than a simple moisturizer. After applying my serums, eye cream etc, I give them a few minutes to soak in. Then, before using my powder and concealer, I apply the Clinique Stay Matte Hydrator. Wow.

I’ve been meaning to try the Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer, which seems to be the ultimate primer for oily skinned folks. Somehow Clinique Stay-Matte made it into the collection first, perhaps due in part to the raves I read on Future Derm (I really trust her skincare opinions). But she also loves the Hourglass…so next time. Clinique Stay-Matte Hydrator does what it promises, delivering matte skin and keeping pores and oil at bay. It’s full of good stuff that controls surface shine and helps control sebum production, as well as some amino sugar skin exfoliating technology that helps keep pores clear of dead surface skin cells, helping them appear smaller and tighter.

Matte skin means less touch-ups….

It dries to a silky texture without the slippery texture of silicone primers (which I hate, they just feel greasy to me) and allow for smooth application of cosmetics. I really just use concealer, powder and bronzer, but I find Clinique Stay-Matte keeps my face looking fresh and non-melty all afternoon. I’d say I get around 4 hours of good looking skin vs 2 max without it. Then, all I need is a quick dusting of oil control powder (review on 2 excellent ones coming…) and I’m good to go.

Verdict? Love.

Clinique Pore Refining Solutions Stay-Matte Hydrator is $43 and available wherever Clinique is sold.  

Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel Soothes and Beautifies

Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel Soothes and Beautifies

After being so impressed by Skinceuticals Physical Fusion SPF 50, I had to try their serums. I’d read rave reviews, and I’m on a bit of a serum kick these days as well. Serums are the perfect way to treat the skin as they just sink right in and get to work, and there is something to suit every skin type.


It feels as cool and fresh as a forest stream…

Skinceuticals Phyto Corrective Gel was created for sensitive and problematic skin, and is also oil-free. It is chock full of botanical extracts like cucumber, thyme & a natural alternative to hydroquinone. Anti-inflammatory and antiseptic, it is perfect for acne prone skin. It calms the skin, reducing redness, inflammation as well as discolouration. One of the best parts is how cooling and soothing it feels on the skin. It has become part of my evening routine, and I’ve come to love the slightly odd and herbal scent as the cool deep green gel sinks into my skin. The scent disappears almost instantly, but the effects of the gel are amazing. Using this in the evening and my Vichy proEVEN in the morning has made my skin even toned and smooth.


Cucumber thyme lemonade with vodka…yes please.

During this heatwave, and after a busy day of running around in the hot sun, driving with the top down, pelted with wind, dirt and all those nasty free radicals blowing around, nothing soothes and calms my skin better than this. I wish I had a jug of it to bathe head to toe in. It is *that* amazing. Verdict- love. If you have skin that is sensitive, oily, acneic or easily irritated by environmental factors, you must try this.

Skinceuticals are available on their website and at select authorized retailers. Lucky Torontonians can just pop into the divine Gee Beauty for yours.


Even Skintone, Thanks To Vichy proEVEN Dark Spot Corrector

Even Skintone, Thanks To Vichy proEVEN Dark Spot Corrector

I can’t think of any woman who isn’t concerned about the aging effect sun spots and assorted dark spots/scars have on our skin. There are a bajillion whitening brightening products out there, most of them containing Vitamin C, which has the seemingly magical ability to even out blotchy and spotted skin tone. Well the latest product from Vichy, proEVEN, delivers results and more. It is chock full of wonderful science that includes vitamin C and E to target excess melanin and dark spots. Innovation and 11 (yes, 11!) patents later, it’s no surprise.

The texture of this cream is wonderful. It is not too thick, not too thin, and spreads beautifully on the skin. And, miraculously, this is not thanks to silicones, which are way too often added for slip and texture, but that give a false sense of smoothness. Some silicones will also irritate certain sensitive skin types and can even cause acne. Not an issue with proEVEN. After around a week of using it every night, I definitely saw a difference in my complexion. I’d had a bad bout of hormonal acne over the holidays and was feeling rather spotty and adolescent. After two weeks of use the little spots left behind by acne were almost invisible. It usually takes a long time for those marks to heal, so long that even when there is nothing but a mark left, I still have to use a spot of concealer on it.  Not now. There was no discomfort or irritation as a result of using this cream and would say it actually feels wonderful and soothing. If spots, sun spots and discoloration are an issue for you, then you must try proEVEN.

Spots might be cute on her, but not on us.

Vichy proEVEN is available at drugstores and online for Amercian consumers.

UPDATE DEC 2012: Vichy ProEven Dark Spot Corrector has become a must-have product in my skincare arsenal. I notice a definite & noticeable difference in how even toned my skin is and can’t imagine being without it. It is in my Daly Beauty Top Ten list this year. I’ve had many readers tell me they love Vichy ProEven as well, some even telling me they hardly use their concealer for acne spots anymore!


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