Reader Question: Face Stuff

Sunday, November 14, 2010
I've been getting comments on what I do to my face because I mean, come on... I always look flawless. Answer:  No, I don't. I have horrible skin thanks to my parents' DNA. I have combination skin - oily in humid environments and dry in drier climates AND my skin is superduper sensitive so I constantly break out in rashes, redness, or pimples (still). I'm constantly buying and returning products because I find out months later that I'm allergic to them! Yeah, it totally sucks. But here are some of the products I'm using and that I'm currently not allergic to (I think):

  1. Aveeno Clear Complexion Foaming Cleanser
    So far I like it. You need to pump it a few times for one use and the bottle is small to begin with so that's kind of annoying.
  2. Neutrogena Alcohol-Free Toner
    LOVE it. All the other toners I've used have irritated my skin but because this is alcohol-free it's perfect (so far).
  3. Eucerin Calming Body Creme
    I found this online through reviews because I had a horrible allergic reaction to a previous face lotion and needed something right away. I've used it for a few months but just started to feel the start of tingling around my eyes. I may have to revert back to olive oil soon..
  4. Clearasil Vanishing Acne Cream
    I only got this because it was the only one they had at the grocery store. Yes, I shop for face products at the grocery store. It does its job like it should - it totally dries my face out because I've been using it so much..
  5. Shiseido Sun Protection Lotion SPF 50
    My mom gave this to me because I guess she thought I was starting to get wrinkles or something. I love it though. I think the $30 is worth it!
  6. Revlon ColorStay Makeup
    My sister recommended this to me. She's my makeup guru. I love this foundation!! I've tried the expensive stuff and this by far is my favorite!! And I love that it's only $10!
  7. Nu Skin Finishing Powder
    My brother got this for me when he was working at Nu Skin. It does its job. I also have a translucent finishing powder but I like this one because it's tinted so I can cover those dang pimples.
  8. bareMinerals Face Color Warmth
    My mom got me the bareMinerals pack a while ago and I wasn't a fan. I kept the warmth face color though. It's perfect as a bronzer.


  1. I totally feel your pain. My skin is sensitive, too, and randomly allergic to all sorts of things. I get so tired of buying things that make me break out into a rash.

    I use the same toner as you and I like Aveeno products. I also use Loreal products because they seem to be ok for my skin...don't know if you've ever tried it.

  2. I didn't know Aveeno had a cleanser like that. I'll have to try it, I like that Aveeno is generally pretty gentle on the skin.

  3. Elaine, thanks for this information. I have problem skin (sensitive, acne, eczema- fun!) that I try to control with diet, acupuncture, herbs, supplements and topical products, but they don't always work well. Whenever I'm stressed, I look a bit unfortunate. Likely lately. You always look so flawless in your photos, so I bet your skin isn't so bad (everyone is her own worst critic).
    On the flip side of my skin problems, I probably will age well. I have my dad's skin and he's 58 with hardly a single wrinkle (just a little face droopiness).

  4. Hey, I just started following your blog. I think it's great.
    I too have combination skin and for a while have found a way to keep it healthy fresh, moisturized while still not being oily.
    I think a lot of people are irritated by certain products and it may have a lot to do with some of the ingredients found in them. The link I have attached has a list of ingredients I've started to avoid, and it's really helped:

    This face wash:

    is probably the best stuff in all of the world. I usually follow it with a moisturizer from the same brand, and at night I massage in a bit of Almond oil (especially in the winter), to give me some moisture that doesn't clog pores.

    Anyway, I thought it may be something you'd be interested in!


  5. Kelly, thank you SO much for the links! I've read The Beauty Bible book and the author talks about harmful ingredients as well but it's hard to remember the hundreds she's mentioned. This list is a lot easier to keep in mind. As for the cleanser, I'll definitely take a look! I'm running low on my Aveeno right now so I may try that out. Thanks again!!!

  6. I'll have to try all of these. I have super sensitive skin too.

  7. I used to think I would grow out of my sensitive skin until I found out the real reason my dad keeps a beard- to cover up HIS sensitive skin.


    Good suggestions, those are all the ones I use, as well! :) Freckled sensitive skin approved!

  8. I was a fan of Cetaphil for years before I found Aveeno's Ultra Calming cleanser and swtiched brands. Bare Minerals didn't work for me either. Wonder whose skin it suits?

  9. thanks for the tips!!! great info:)

  10. thanks for're so beautiful!

    Have you heard of DHC? It's all Olive Oil based: It's all pretty reasonably priced too!

    Have a good week!
    kristen :)

  11. Thanks for the tips, I'm still searching for a good skin care routine... I get pimples more than I did in high school! It is so lame...

  12. i love these kinds of posts to pick out new products. i'm looking for a new night cream and also have the super sensitive annoying skin! i use that aveeno cleanser as well though and it has worked great!

  13. great picks : ) it's too bad that you have such sensitive skin...i know how it feels, but i still will try anything once lol.

    i'd love to give 1 and 2 a try since i'm in the market for those items. for #4 and #6: i love zapzyt and you might like loreal's true match foundation! thanks for sharing.

  14. i love posts like this.
    I can't believe straight olive oil doesn't break you out?!
    I LOOOVE bareminerals Warmth! The stinkin lady at Sephora talked me in to their other bronzer and it is YUCK. Like...glittery.

    Anyways, love the post!

  15. I'm writing all of this down and taking it with me to the store. If my face and skin can look like yours, I will die happy.

  16. Have you used dermalogica at all? It sounds like we have similar skin and they carry my favorite cleanser, ultra calm. It feels like silk on your face, I love it!

    This is a great kit to try it out with. The moisturizer in there (barrier repair) is a gel, and the coolest one on the planet.

    I'll have to give the Neutrogena toner a try! No-alcohol sounds lovely..

  17. nice of you to share what you are using. I use the Aveeno, the toner and bareminerals. From whatI see on the pics your skin looks great.

  18. number three is really good. I've tried it before :D

  19. Great of you to share all your products! I find a lot of it has to do with the ingredients and found this site to be incredibly useful- particularly this post: .

  20. Does the Shiseido Sun Protection lotion smell like sunscreen? I have sensitive skin too, and I've been using Oil of Olay Complete SPF 15 for sensitive skin for at least 5 years, but they changed the formula! Now it smells just like sunscreen! One of the reasons I loved it was that it smelled distinctly NOT sunscreeny (that and it didn't give me a rash all over my face).

  21. S, it does but not like a "I'm going to the beach and need my jug of sunscreen." I say it's a pretty subtle sunscreen smell.

  22. Aww I have bad skin too =( Right now it's practically peeling off in sheets due to the change in the weather, and I couldn't find the Nivea calming face cream at CVS so I bought Garnier and it made my skin burn!! It's totally a constant struggle to stay clear, moisturized, and wrinkle free LOL.

  23. Sensitive skin is tricky stuff, definitely read your ingredients and avoid long ingredient lists whenever possible. I'm not a fan of Aveeno as their products may claim to be natural, but their ingredients are anything but. That, and they animal test. I've done a post on sensitive skin before, I should do more...I hope you find products that work for you!

  24. I have really sensitive skin (dry in all climates) and eczema so I feel your pain in trying out products. My favorite body moisturizer is CeraVe. It's thick and I prefer it during the winter; in warmer months, I use Cetaphil's moisturizing cream. Both cost $11-$16, but can be found on sale for $10-$12.

    I agree with Bre that Aveeno products are tricky. I like their lotion for sensitive skin, but their body wash for sensitive skin irritates my skin. Sigh.

    I've also had luck with Dove sensitive skin products, particularly their body wash and bar soap.

  25. I second the Dove sentitive skin products; they are good.I used to use St.Ives lotions because they left a "fresh" feeling on my skin. I wanted to try their new sensitive-dermatologic-testd-scent-free lotion which I thought would be perfect for my skin, but surprise, I'm allergic to it :( Don't recommend it...

  26. I also have super sensitive skin. I tried so many different cleansers before I managed to find one that works (long-term) for my skin!

    One which most people swear by is the Mary Kay stuff, but it actually made my face burn.

    I've used Clean & Clear Morning Burst before - wasn't a fan of the moisturizer in the winter because it took FOREVER to dry.

    I've finally settled on Clinique. It's initially pretty expensive, but if you're careful with it, it lasts for quite a long time! I think I can easily make it at least 6 months on one bottle of cleanser, toner, and moisturizer. Awesome stuff.