Posts Tagged ‘skin care’

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[Review &How To] Garnier Clean + Nourshing Cleansing Oil

April 3, 2014

20140315_210328Alright, well, I purchased the items pictured here a little while ago during one of my couponing sprees. I was waiting for a good deal on them, because I’ve been seeing this new line in stores a lot lately. Also, I’ve been wanting to give cleansing oil a try for a long time now, but I didn’t know of any brands of oil that weren’t high-end! This may not be the first drugstore brand cleansing oil, but it’s the first one I’ve seen!

I also found a Korean product recently that is also a cleansing oil, and it wasn’t too expensive so I wouldn’t call it “high-end” either. I have yet to try it out, but I am excited to try it soon and compare it to the Garnier one!

The new Garnier Clean + line has 4 cleansers (that I have personally seen). I picked up the Nourshing Cleansing Oil, the Purifying Foam Cleanser, and the Blackhead Eliminating Scrub. They also had a cream cleanser. Since cream cleansers aren’t really my cup of tea, I just picked up the other three. For now, I’ll be reviewing just the cleansing oil!

About the Product

So the cleansing oil packaging says it “dissolves impurities and makeup & replenishes skin.” It contains Jojoba and Macadamia oils. Let me start off by saying that I didn’t read the packaging very well in the store…because I’m SUPER allergic to macadamia nuts! When I got home and saw that the product contained macadamia oil, I wasn’t sure if that would cause me to have an allergic reaction or not…so I just tested the product on my arm first to see if anything happened. Nothing happened, which surprised me, but I’m glad to say the cleanser does not cause me to have any type of allergic reaction, even when I used it on my face!

The cleansing oil is marketed for “dry skin.” This is something else I didn’t notice about the packaging until I got home. Each cleanser is marketed for a different skin type. I can’t remember what the cream cleanser is for, but the Blackhead Scrub is for oily skin and the Foam Cleanser is for combination skin. I believe I have combination skin (but don’t quote me on that…haha). I figured that I can probably get away with all 3 of them since my skin has characteristics of being both dry and oily…

If you’ve never used a cleansing oil before, let me say first off that it’s a really different experience! I wasn’t sure what to expect, and I was also a bit wary of cleansing my skin with oil (since I do get quite oily). However, even though the cleanser is marketed for dry skin, I think any skin type can use this cleanser! Oil will pull excess oil off of your face, but it will also moisturize dry skin. I get why they chose to market to people with dry skin, but really, they’re just feeding the misconception that people with oily skin shouldn’t cleanse their skin with oil. I don’t think this cleanser made me any more oily than I already am. (And you can’t expect a cleanser to fix all of your skin problems for you anyway! If your skin is overly oily, it’s because your skin is really dry on the inside. It’s producing more oil to overcompensate for not being moisturized. Cleansing with oil may actually help to balance out your oiliness, but you should stay hydrated and use a good moisturizer too!)

How to Use

I typically take two to three pumps of the cleansing oil and warm it up in my hands. It’s very important to ensure that you start with a COMPLETELY DRY face and COMPLETELY DRY hands! If your hands or face are wet, you’ll ruin the first stage of oil cleansing!

You can remove your makeup with a makeup wipe if you want, but the oil cleanser can be used to remove both eye and face makeup. I’m a little skittish about removing my eye makeup with oil, so I typically remove that first with a makeup wipe. Just remember to dry your face/hands off.

After warming the oil up in my hands, I just spread it out all over my face (and avoid my eyes). Then, I start massaging it with my fingertips, going in slow, circular motions. This is supposed to break up the makeup and impurities on your face, plus facial massage is just great for your skin anyway! This will also give the oil a chance to pull away excess oil on your face and hydrate your skin at the same time. I do this for about three minutes. Yes, it a slow process, and that’s why I only cleanse with oil at night. (I don’t use it every night; I like to alter my cleansers during the week).

After three minutes, you should have dissolved everything on your face, so it’s time to emulsify the oil. Take a little bit of water on your hands and rub it into the oil. Keep doing this, without washing the oil off. It should turn white/milky. Rub it around for about another minute, and then rinse it off with warm water. You can pat your face dry or just let it air dry.

Review

So, it’s definitely got a different method to it. I’ve been told that in some Asian skin care routines, oil cleansing is actually the PRE-CLEANSING! So after they finish with oil cleansing, they use another cleanser (like a foam cleanser). This is mostly why I bought the foam cleanser to go with the cleansing oil!

You can certainly use this product on its own, and you don’t even have to have a makeup remover! I feel like it did clean my skin well, but on some days I definitely want to use a scrub/exfoliate too because I just don’t feel totally clean unless I’ve scrubbed! =)

My skin was left nice and soft and it felt very hydrated. I was going to follow up with the foam cleanser, but I usually just use the oil and nothing else. I think I’ll try following up with the foam cleanser next and see what that does. (But I would wait in between the two cleansers in order to give my skin time to absorb the hydration from the oil cleansing).

My skin is pretty sensitive, and I didn’t notice any issue while using this cleanser. I think it’s a great alternative method for cleansing the skin, and I love how it makes my skin feel. Overall, I am enjoying this product and I think anyone with oily/combo skin should definitely give it a try. See if it will help balance out your skin! Mine has been so wacky lately I can’t comment about the products effect on that, but as I keep using it I’m hoping my skin will calm down! I’m also excited to start the Korean cleansing oil and let you all know how that goes!

Some people mention their skin not feeling clean after using oil. If you feel like it leaves a residue, make sure you’re emulsifying the oil enough and also rinsing well. If you still feel like there is residue, use a foam cleanser afterwards. You can also just use a toner.

Pros: leaves skin smooth, soft, and hydrated, doesn’t irritate skin, contains good ingredients for skin
Cons: takes longer than normal cleansing, may leave a residue for some
Verdict: Try it out!

Thanks for reading!

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[New Products] Reviews coming soon!

March 11, 2014

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So I was at Walmart the other day because I wanted to buy the EcoTools Custom Buffing Brush. I found it! So I’m glad I got that (about $7). But I happened to wander by the clearance section and found another EcoTools brush (Kabuki brush) on sale for only $3.50! I didn’t really need another kabuki brush, but I couldn’t pass up such a great deal!

I’ve been using both the kabuki brush and the buffing brush for my daily makeup (a foundation I’m testing for L’Oreal). I will try them with my regular foundation as soon as the test period for the L’Oreal foundation is over. Then I can write a review ^_^

Additionally I picked up the Pantene Rehab Creme for my hair…couldn’t resist. My hair needs some help! I think it’s time for a hair cut this weekend (sad face). I’m trying to grow my hair out, but every time it’s time to trim, my hair hasn’t grown much. I use a flat iron every day, so I guess it ruins my ends. (I need a way around that, any suggestions? My hair is a mess if I don’t straighten it!)

Additionally I picked up the Olay moisturizer in the picture above. It came with a little trial size of an Olay cleanser. It was only $5, instead of $13!

Anyway, that was just a little update about some items I’ve picked up and will be reviewing soon!

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[Tips] Why Foundations/Moisturizers with SPF Aren’t Enough

March 6, 2014

20140305_075815In recent years, most foundations, face primers, powders, and moisturizers all contain at least 15 SPF. There will always be exceptions, as many don’t like to have SPF in their face products (thanks to the notorious white cast that happens in flash photography). But the amount of products with SPF is overwhelming. Since there are so many options, I, like many others I’m sure, was glad to see that I could count on my foundation and moisturizer to have me covered when it comes to SPF. I don’t want to worry about getting skin cancer, aging early, or any other complications that come from sun exposure, so I always make sure I have some SPF on.

A couple of days ago, I found out that what I have been believing about SPF in foundations/moisturizers is completely false! While it’s true the SPF in these products will HELP protect your skin from the sun, it simple isn’t enough!! I was appalled…here I thought I had been protecting myself from the sun for a long time…but really I wasn’t doing enough to lessen my chances of early signs of aging.

And just to clarify, you need to wear sunscreen everyday! Not just when it’s sunny or when you will be outside for a long period of time. It’s important all of the time because the sun’s rays are still hitting your exposed skin, even if it’s cloudy and even if you aren’t outside for long. I’m rarely ever outside longer than it takes to walk to my car/house…but I’m still wearing sun protection daily. I read a study recently about how skin cancer is more likely in the left-hand side of the body. Why? Because that’s the side that faces the window when we drive! And since most people spend a considerable amount of time driving their cars…well, it spikes their chances of skin cancer.

Anyway, all of this is to say that you need to be wearing a sunscreen daily…not just a moisturizer/primer/foundation with SPF. You’d have to use around 7 times the amount of foundation and 14 times the amount of moisturizer you usually use in order to actually get the SPF benefits listed on the product’s packaging (source). A lot of face products only have SPF 15 or SPF 20 anyway….

That being said: look for a sunscreen you can use daily. A sunscreen. Something that offers sun protection and basically nothing else. I currently use the Yes To Cucumbers SPF 30 sunscreen, pictured above. I really like it! I’d recommend it to anyone who has lighter toned skin. If you’re darker skinned, this may not be the best because the product is white and makes the skin a bit lighter. This doesn’t really affect me since I’m already pale, and I put it on before my foundation and concealer so no one can tell. You may need to experiment with a few before you find one that works for you for daily use.

I’m not saying you should forgo the SPF makeup entirely, though. Using a foundation or moisturizer with an SPF is a great way to beef up your skin’s sun protection. Just don’t rely on makeup and moisturizers alone! (Remember to wear an SPF lip balm under all of your glosses and lip colors too!) I use the Simple Light moisturizer and Covergirl 3-in-1 foundation shown above. These are my go-to products at the moment, though I do rotate my foundation/BB cream a lot! The moisturizer has an SPF of 15 and I think the foundation’s SPF is 20!

Thanks for reading!