Wash Away Dull Skin & Get Radiant In Bed

Wash Away Dull Skin & Get Radiant In Bed

Oh, great. Another hormonal break out. UGH!

Just when I think all I need to do is manage my ageing skin, another zit pops up. Ugh. Hormonal acne is difficult to control, as it rarely influenced by what you put ON the skin. I have found it is exacerbated by certain skincare products, like silicones and certain oils (not mineral oil, oddly). Yet it not often improved by skincare products, so what I hope for is control, and then damage control. A nasty cyst can sometimes leave a mark, and sometimes even a small pimple can leave a mark. So even though the pimples themselves have moved on, the damage done can linger for weeks, even months.

Another way to get radiance in bed...

Another way to get radiance in bed…

This is where tone correctors come in. I have been loving Peter Thomas Roth Glycolic Gel Cleanser, but decided I would try the PTH Anti-Aging Cleansing Gel, as it gets rave reviews by my age group (it is key to adjust the search criteria to a relevant peer group) on MakeUpAlley.

From Peter Thomas Roth:

Oil-free, anti-wrinkle technology helps to clarify and brighten with glycolic acid, salicylic acid, extracts of peach, white oak bark, lemon, lime, linden, grapefruit, and arginine. An advanced deep pore resurfacing action supports natural cell turnover to help diminish the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, and other signs of aging. It helps to effectively detoxify the pores, dissolve makeup, emulsify oil, and improve skin texture as it gently sweeps away dead skin cells and impurities that can make the complexion appear dull.

I do love it, and feel it is somehow gentler on my skin, while still exfoliating and adding radiance.

I am a giant fan of Vichy ProEven. Because I am always trying new things (so you don’t have to!), it is easy to shift my routine and not really notice what is missing, vs what is new. So I realized I had not been using ProEven, and that indeed I was out. I remembered I had Vichy ProEven Night, and hadn’t given it a full test drive. Well, I’m glad I did!

From Vichy:

Unique resurfacing technology with the highest concentration of LHA (3x more than the day formula), Ceramide Bright™ and Vitamin C. It infuses into all layers of the skin at night to act during the cells’ natural skin regeneration process for a resurfacing action all night long.

I swear it is not psychosomatic when I see results in TWO DAYS. That’s right. I went from feeling crappy and like hiding, using concealer like spackle, to feeling glowy and on the road to improvement. Now, ten days later, my skin tone is dramatically improved, and I don’t feel the insecurity that plagues one when we have spots on our faces.

Soft glowing skin? Why, of course, Mr Bond.

Soft glowing skin? Why, of course, Mr Bond.

As an aside, I am going to be trying Spironolactone to treat the underlying cause of my acne. It seems to be quite popular as a treatement for hormonal acne in women in my ahem, age group. Have you tried it? Do you know anyone who has used it? Any advice? Thanks!

You can get Vichy ProEven Night at Shoppers Drug Mart, $49, and Peter Thomas Roth AntiAging Cleansing Gel is at Sephora $49.

Cleanse Your Way To Brighter More Radiant Skin – Vichy ProEVEN

Cleanse Your Way To Brighter More Radiant Skin – Vichy ProEVEN


It’s no secret that I am a huge fan Vichy skincare, and in particular the ProEVEN line of products. I cannot be without my ProEVEN cream, and both of my daughters use it as well. You can read about my love for ProEVEN cream here.

Even though I am using my Dove Beauty Bar to clean my face, I am always still on the lookout for an HG cleanser. Also, while the Dove cleanses my face, sometimes we need a little more. Exfoliation is important, as excess accumulation of dead skin cells on on the skin’s surface causes skin to look dull. But, one needs to be very careful when choosing exfoliants, as physical (granular) exfoliant treatments/scrubs can often be harsh and do damage to your skin. We want to add radiance to our complexions gently and efficiently. Not all chemical exfoliants, both cleansers and lotions/creams are gentle, and some can be a bit drying, especially at this time of year. Vichy has added a couple more products to their brilliant ProEVEN line, and their ProEVEN Brightening Cleansing Foam was calling to me. It has the the vitamin C and ceramides you will find in the cream, and these products help brighten and add radiance to your skin. LHA provides gentle effective exfoliation which helps to even out skin tone while helping your skin shed dead skin cells. Yuck. I want those gone, that’s for sure.


This is me after washing with VIchy ProEVEN Brightening Cleanser

So, knowing how gentle yet effective ProEVEN is on my face, I could not resist the cleanser. It is a “foaming” cleanser, which is basically a soft cream-gel texture that transforms into a soft foam in your hands. You only need a pea sized amount to do your whole face – which is great, and it means that my 100ml tube (around $20) will last a long time! Sound familiar? That’s because I said the same thing about La Mer Foaming Cleanser, and that is what Vichy ProEVEN Brightening Cleansing Foam reminds me of. I’ve been using it morning and night for a little over a week and feel that my skin is glowy and healthy. After cleansing in the morning, I use Vichy LiftActive Serum 10 and let it sink it. Then I apply my ProEVEN cream. Verdict so far: LOVE. This cleanser feels luxurious, is gentle on my skin, does an amazing job of cleaning it, and so far I am feeling pretty radiant!

I’m trying the newest Vichy ProEVEN Eyes as well, as for some reason dark circles are appearing where they never used to!

Check here for where to buy Vichy in Canada, and online for US shoppers or check here for stores.

My Skincare Routine Is Easy & Effective: Video Post

My Skincare Routine Is Easy & Effective: Video Post

I’ve had many requests to share my skincare routine. I know I review lots of individual products, but I thought I would let you what I use in the morning and at night, why I use them, and what they do. I hope you enjoy the video, it’s over ten minutes long but I manage to squeeze tons of info in! Seriously, it takes a lot of stuff to look this natural. KIDDING.

Products not linked below are going to be reviewed in the near future.

Links for products mentioned:

Skinceuticals Blemish & Age

Skinceuticals Hydrating B5 Gel

Dove Beauty Bar

Vichy ProEVEN

Shiseido Benefiance

Thayers Rosewater

La Roche Posay Ceralip

Please let me know if you have any questions about the products or my routine, or, if you have requests for posts!






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!


photo of sweet puppy from here